Gender identity and sexual attraction, part 2 – vocabulary for attraction in the continuum gender model

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Some words are used to describe desire for particular genders, regardless of the gender of the desirer:

Terms for attraction by gender of the desired

People whose desire is not defined by the gender of the desired:

  • A person (of any gender) who desires people of all genders is pansexual or omnisexual.
    • The binary model used bisexual for people who fit this definition. But since there are more than two genders, the bi- prefix doesn’t really fit here anymore.
  • A person (of any gender) who does not desire people is asexual.

People who desire one gender in particular:

  • A person (of any gender) who desires people who are female is venusic or womasexual.
  • A person (of any gender) who desires people who are male is marsic or masexual.
  • A person (of any gender) who desires people who are nonbinary is ceterosexual or enboric or stellaric. The term skoliosexual is now frowned upon because skolios can mean “crooked.” Allotroposexual is another potential alternative.

People who desire some specific combination of genders:

  • A person (of any gender) who desires people who are female or nonbinary is neptunic.
  • A person (of any gender) who desires people who are male or nonbinary is uranic.
  • A person (of any gender who desires people who are female or male is mercuric.
    • The binary model used bisexual for people who fit this definition too. So in the new model, bisexual is ambiguous. Best not to use it.

Here’s a diagram:

Terms for attraction to particular gender combinations in the continuum model

There are also terms which are specific to the gender of the desirer.

Terms for attraction if the desirer is male

If the desirer is male additional terms can be used:

  • A male who desires people regardless of gender is astronic or marblic.
  • A male who desires people who are female is mlw or straight.
  • A male who desires people who are female or nonbinary is litian.
  • A male who desires people who are male is achillean, gay, hyacique, mlm, vincian, or wildean although achillean is frowned upon by some because of Achilles’ non-consensual relationship with his slave-woman Briseis.
  • A male who desires people who are nonbinary is asteroidian, astroidian, or mlnb.
  • A nonbinary male who desires people who are female is umbalian.
  • A nonbinary male who desires people who are male is azurian.

Here’s a diagram:

Terms for attraction to particular gender combinations in the continuum model if the desirer is male

Terms for attraction if the desirer is female

If the desirer is female additional terms can be used:

  • A female who desires people who are female is lesbian or sapphic or wlw.
  • A female who desires people who are female or nonbinary is agatic.
  • A female who desires people who are male is straight or wlm.
  • A female who desires people who are male or nonbinary is citrinian.
  • A female who desires people who are nonbinary is asterian or wlnb.

Here is a diagram:

Terms for attraction to particular gender combinations in the continuum model if the desirer is female

Terms for attraction if the desirer is nonbinary

Here is a diagram:

Terms for attraction to particular gender combinations in the continuum model if the desirer is nonbinary

Okay that’s a lot of words.

Next time… even more words. Sorry.

It is likely that this post contains mistakes. If you find any please let me know.

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