Jan. 15th, 2012

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I was going to put this in response to the Terminology Poll  but thought it might be good to make as its own entry (cross-posted in my own journal.)

[personal profile] greenchestnuts posted the terminology poll in response to This post (on tumblr) by missvoltairine. WARNING: there are lots of potential triggers and could be upsetting to some readers.

I had participated in the Terminology Poll before reading that post. I REALLY wish I had read the post first.

I guess I've developed my own terminology over the past few years. And so, it's become VERY simple to me. There are three sexual orientations:

Sexual
Grey-sexual
Asexual

Asexuals don't experience a drive/desire for sex. That is ALL asexuals, whether we're aromantic or bi-romantic. Whether or not we actually have sex. Whether or not we're trans or cis. It's one term to describe our orientation.

Sexuals: DO experience a drive or desire for sex. Again, it doesn't matter if they're queer, trans, pan, etc. It's one term to describe that whole group.

Greys: fall in the middle, because lets be honest, they exist. I would say more, but it's a group I personally struggle to understand, so I don't want to put words in their mouth. But that too is all-inclusive.

From there, it can be broken down in each category for 'specific' types of sexuals, greys, asexuals. (IE: bi, trans, cis, homo, hetero, romantic, aromanitc, etc, etc.)

In my mind, it doesn't change the QUILTBAG or anything. For example: if you're trans - your trans regardless of if your ace, grey or sexual. Maybe I'm being overly simplistic? But looking at all the arguments and discussions, I think it might help us all understand each other better if we narrowed what we call "Orientation" down to three groups, rather than 2 billion and then have the sub-groups in each area. Looking more like this (note I didn't put everything here, you get the idea, I hope):

Asexual
Grey-Sexual
Sexual
BiBiBi
HeteroHeteroHetero
HomoHomoHomo
PanPanPan
RomanticRomanticRomantic

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