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Polysexuality is the attraction to multiple genders or sexes. A polysexual person is one "encompassing or characterized by many different kinds of sexuality."[1] Authors Linda Garnets and Douglas Kimmel state that polysexual is a sexual identity "used by people who recognize that the term bisexual reifies the gender dichotomy that underlies the distinction between heterosexuality and homosexuality, implying that bisexuality is nothing more than a hybrid combination of these gender and sexual dichotomies."[2] However, it is arguable that bisexuality does not actually enforce a gender dichotomy. Bisexual activists will often argue the "bi" part can refer to genders which are the same and genders which are different.[3]

Scope and cultural aspects

Polysexuality is distinct from polyamory, the desire to be intimately involved with more than one person at once, or pansexuality, which is attraction to all genders and sexes. Polysexuality encompasses many, but not necessarily all, sexualities.[4]

Polysexuality is a self-identifying term that is somewhat amorphous,[5] as there is a wide variety of different people who use the term to describe themselves.[6] Polysexual identity is related to gender identity and is used by some people who identify outside the binarist gender spectrum. People who refer to themselves as polysexual may be attracted to transgender people, third gender people, two-spirit people, genderqueer people, plus people who are intersex. However, polysexuality does not have to be the exclusive attraction towards non-binary genders or sexes, though it can be. People who identify as polysexual may still be attracted to one or both binary genders or sexes.

The relationship between religion and sexuality varies widely among belief systems, with some prohibiting polysexual behavior and others incorporating it into their practices.[7] Major monotheistic religions generally prohibit polysexual activity.[7]

See also


  1. ^ Simpson, John (ed.) (2009). Oxford English Dictionary, Oxford University Press, USA, ISBN 9780199563838
  2. ^ Garnets, Linda; Kimmel, Douglas C. (2003). Psychological Perspectives on Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Experiences. Columbia University Press, ISBN 9780231124133
  3. ^ "Way Beyond The Binary". Retrieved 2015-10-28. 
  4. ^ Board, Mykel. "Pimple No More." In Tucker, Naomi S. (ed.) Bisexual Politics: Theories, Queries, and Visions, pp. 281-287. Routledge, ISBN 9781560238690
  5. ^ Kaloski, Ann (1999). "Extract from 'Bisexuals Making Out with Cyborgs: Politics, Pleasure, Con/fusion' (1997)." In Storr. Bisexuality: A Critical Reader. Taylor & Francis, ISBN 9780415166607
  6. ^ Som, Indigo Chih-Lien. "Open Letter to a Former Bisexual (or, Do I Hear "Post-Bisexual"?)." In Tucker, Naomi S. (ed.). Bisexual Politics: Theories, Queries, and Visions, pp. 93-97. Routledge , ISBN 9781560238690
  7. ^ a b Hutchins, Loraine; Williams, H. Sharif (2011). Sexuality, Religion and the Sacred: Bisexual, Pansexual and Polysexual Perspectives. Taylor & Francis, ISBN 9780415783040
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