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A polysexual pride flag

Polysexuality is sexual attraction to multiple, but not all, genders. 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, bisexual people and scholars may object to the notion that bisexuality means sexual attraction to only two genders, arguing that since bisexual is not simply about attraction to two sexes and encompasses attraction to different genders as well, it includes attraction to more than two genders.[3][4]

Scope and cultural aspects[edit]

Polysexuality is distinct from polyamory, the desire to be intimately involved with more than one person at once, or pansexuality, which is attraction to a person irrespective of their sex or gender identity. Polysexuality is sexual attraction to many, but not all, genders.[5]

The relationship between religion and sexuality varies widely among belief systems,[further explanation needed] with some prohibiting polysexual behavior and others incorporating it into their practices.[6] Major monotheistic religions generally prohibit polysexual activity.[6]

The polysexual pride flag was designed by a Tumblr user with the signature "Samlin", and first made public on the blog @fuckyeahpolysexuality on July 11, 2012.[7] Samlin declared of the flag that, "I, as a poly individual, was greatly saddened by the fact that we don’t have a flag…so I made one :P I made it similar to the bi and pan flags, since they’re all in under the multisexual umbrella. -Samlin".[7] The colors and design of the polysexual flag are based on the pansexual and bisexual pride flags, borrowing the pink and blue, and replacing the yellow and purple stripes with a green one.[7] The polysexual flag's pink stripe represents attraction to female-identified people, its green stripe represents attraction to people who identify outside the traditional male-female binary, and its blue stripe represents attraction to male-identified people.[7]

Jacques Derrida has suggested that if people could reach beyond binary oppositions such as "masculine/feminine" and "heterosexual/homosexual," to which "white/ethnic" and "American/ immigrant" are also added, they might embrace a "multiplicity of sexually marked voices" or of "polysexual signatures".[8]

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  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. ^ Eisner, Shiri (2013). Bi: Notes for a Bisexual Revolution. Seal Press. pp. 27–31. ISBN 978-1580054751. Retrieved April 14, 2014.
  4. ^ "Doesn't identifying as bisexual reinforce a false gender binary?". American Institute of Bisexuality. 2014. Retrieved May 27, 2014.
  5. ^ Board, Mykel. "Pimple No More." In Tucker, Naomi S. (ed.) Bisexual Politics: Theories, Queries, and Visions, pp. 281-287. Routledge, ISBN 9781560238690
  6. ^ a b Hutchins, Loraine; Williams, H. Sharif (2011). Sexuality, Religion and the Sacred: Bisexual, Pansexual and Polysexual Perspectives. Taylor & Francis, ISBN 9780415783040
  7. ^ a b c d "Pride Flags". Unco.edu. Retrieved 2018-06-25.
  8. ^ Cutter, Martha J (Fall 2009). "Editor's Introduction: Racial Desire(s)". Editor's Introduction: Racial Desire(s). 34: 5–13, 239.