The other day we asked “What on Earth is ‘Sexual Identity’?” Searching an answer to this question, we have stumbled upon a wonderful website offering a Comprehensive List of LGBTQ+ Term Definitions, and describing around 30 different “orientations”. Somewhere on the internet there appears to be an even longer list, allegedly with 60 or more. We are still searching for it. However, it should be noted that even that list will hardly be sufficient, given that (according to the newest theory) everyone of us combines all these identities with different degrees of intensity.
We particularly liked this conclusion: “Gender is something everyone thinks they understand, but most people really don’t.” Indeed, it all appears to be very complicated. Don’t pretend you know your identity, because you don’t. Those of use who used to think that we simply were “men” or “women” have got it plainly wrong.
But then of course there is this beautiful “Genderbread Person” that will surely help us find our way through the labyrinth of our “identities”:
Thus, there appear to be four variables, and you can choose your place on each of these four scales. Only the combination of the four variables will allow you to understand who (or what?) you really are. Yet there is of course no guarantee that there are not some other variables that “gender experts” must still discover, or have simply forgotten to mention. For example, there could be a scale ranging from “asexual” to “pansexual” and “sexually obsessed”…