Go Ask Alice for the Right Word

For a woman who loves words, sometimes finding the right one can be an elusive exercise.

by Elizabeth Titus • More.com Member { View Profile }

“And you have probably never heard of Woody Allen, either. He said that bisexuality immediately doubles your chances for a date on Saturday night. Ha ha. Get it?”

She was busy texting her friend Steph for the meaning of pansexual and had no time for Woody Allen. (Though she surprised me later by asking if he was the guy who did Midnight in Paris, which she liked.)

Steph’s definition did not exactly clarify matters for me, but I got the general drift. It means you are gender blind, you fall in love with a person’s mind, which sounds like a good idea to me, under any circumstances.

For a more accurate definition, I later went to Go Ask Alice!, Columbia University’s groundbreaking, award-winning health Q & A Internet resource.

“It’s awesome,” I tell Lili. “You should check it out.”

“… pansexual has come to mean that a person is capable of falling in love with and/or having a sexual attraction to a person regardless of where they stand on the gender/sexuality spectrum. This is different from bisexuality, because ‘bi’ implies only two genders (men and women). Pansexuals can be attracted to cismen, ciswomen, transmen, transwomen, intersex people, androgynous people, and everything else. It is generally considered a more inclusive term than bisexual.”

I’m cooked, I realize upon reading this. How will I ever catch up with these changin’ times? Cismen and ciswomen?

Alice, are you still there?

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