First off, what is pansexuality? It is a concept that goes back as far as the time of Freud, and there have been a number of studies on it. It may be loosely defined as someone who is sexually attracted to a person regardless of the sex of that person, as defined by sociologist Emily Lenning. Now, a new study published in the Journal of Sex Research is claiming that among non-heterosexual pansexual people, there are a staggering 5 times as many women than men. It is also more likely for people who identify as some gender other than male or female to consider themselves pansexual, and more likely for younger people to consider themselves pansexual.
While these studies are making some headway into how many pansexual people there are and how they view things, there is still a lot of work to be done, and the numbers are still somewhat unclear. “Pansexual” is rarely offered as an option in research studies, and therefore the exact percentage of the population that would consider themselves pansexual is still unclear.
You may be wondering, based on the above definition, what is the difference between pansexual and bisexual? Another study also published in the Journal of Sex Research has explored these differences and concludes that those who consider themselves pansexual are longer, more likely to be of a diverse gender (eg. transgender or non-binary) and tend to be more politically liberal.
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