The progressive-minded BBC show Doctor Who has been acclaimed and recognized because of its representation of forward thinking ideas. The series has been able to transcend generations and promote the elimination of racism and discrimination by bringing us into the life of a extraterrestrial being. One of the most interesting aspects of “The Doctor” is how he forms romantic attachments with men and women, other species, and, including, with his spaceship. The lead character does not fall into any social classification, to the point where he could be considered as belonging to a term that’s gained popularity in recent years: pansexual.
This concept arises from Greek word pan which means “everything.” Its definition implies that the person who identifies as such is attracted to any kind of sex. There has been debate regarding the difference between pansexuality and bisexuality. However, those who fit into this newer term assure that their attraction goes beyond gender, which means the attraction can extend towards trans folk as well as any individual who does not identify as male or female.
Though at times this term is called polisexuality, it must not be confused with poliamorous, which encompasses a relationship of more than two people, where all parties fully consent. Both concepts are slowly gaining more who dare to identify as such. Just like with any sexual preference, there’s no specific way to know if someone is pansexual. However, there are some clues; here are four:
They are very open
It might not apply to all, but most pansexuals will be very open to speak their minds. Freedom of expression is an important element in their lives, so they’ll rarely keep their opinions to themselves. They have a mind that allows for newer discoveries and lessons that will help them broaden their horizons.
They get along with different kinds people
Unlike most straight people, who have a tendency to approach people of their same gender and stay in their comfort zone, pansexuals are open enough to relate with men and women alike. They’re also open enough to be intrigued in talking to others with different mindsets and perspectives, gay, straight, or bi.
They set the record straight about their identity
For pansexuals, identifying as such is of huge importance. They don’t want to be seen as anything else, much less confused as bisexuals. They’ll try to make clear their choice and avoid misinterpretations. They tend to be very well read on the different terminologies in order to present their ideas in the best way.
They have progressive views
By eliminating gender from the way they perceive others, pansexuals are more flexible on an intellectual and social level. Erasing gender roles is part of their ideology and where they feel society should be moving towards. By thinking of each other as people sharing a space, rather than male or female, we can break several barriers we ourselves have created. Their minds are full of liberal proposals, one of which is the advancement of new values and mutual respect.
Every day we evolve a little more. Pansexuality is a sexual orientation that eliminates gender labels and develops attraction for the person, whether they identify as male, female, trans, or neutral. They become enamored by an individual’s particular way of seeing things. This slowly spreads to those surrounding them, such as their families, to create more awareness and understanding between all members of the community. There is no precise way of knowing if someone is pansexual or straight. Reaching and connecting on a deeper level in order to discover the true self of others is part of the fun.
Translated by María Suárez