Well it is a word….but, not just ‘another’ one. It’s basically a new ‘way’ to build a new identity. American pop-star Janelle Monáe has triggered a sensation by using the word ‘Pansexual’. Pansexuality is different from homosexuality, heterosexuality and bisexuality.
Giving an interview to a daily as a part of promotion of her new album ‘Dirty Computer‘, Janelle has chosen this ‘pansexual’ identity. The Y2K generation people in Europe and America are well aware of bisexuality. They are fans of those singers or actors, who are self-declared bisexuals. The list is long, but distinguished….. Kristen Stewart of the ‘Twilight’ series, actress Amber Heard, American singer-songwriter Miley Cyrus, French singer Soko, American pop star Billie Joe Armstrong and many more.
Miley Cyrus first admitted that she is pansexual. Commenting on her relationship with Aussie actor Liam Hemsworth, she said: “Who I’m with has nothing to do with sex – I’m super open, pansexual, that’s just me.” Miley further revealed her feelings on her gender identity, saying: “…I just don’t feel like a girl, and I don’t feel like a boy. I just feel like nothing.” In her latest interview, Janelle said: “I read about pansexuality and was like, Oh, these are things that I identify with too. I’m open to learning more about who I am.”
LGBT rights activists believe that pansexuality may help resolve the contradiction between homosexuality and heterosexuality, as the Y2K generation likes unconventional sexual identity, and not the traditional contradictory sexual orientation. “I want young girls, young boys, non-binary, gay, straight, queer people who are having a hard time dealing with their sexual orientation, coupled with the feeling of beingY2K generation ostracised or bullied for just being their unique selves, to know that I see you,” stressed Janelle.
Dr Rohit Dasgupta – the Programme Director and lecturer on the Global Communications and Development programme at the Institute for Media and Creative Industries, Loughborough University, London – explained that the social and natural divisions of gender (men and women) are made on the basis of the two contradictory sexual orientations. According to Dr Dasgupta, the concept of pansexuality is a progressive one, as it challenges the contradiction between homosexual and heterosexual. LGBT rights activist Sonali Roy, too, has welcomed the new concept.
However, critics are of the opinion that it’s a Western trick….. a strategy to draw attention. Professor of History at Kolkata-based Jadavpur University Soma Marik refused to accept the argument, saying that it’s the manifestation of personal preference through unconventional concept of sexual orientations.
Here, the word ‘unconventional’ is very important, as a ‘traditional’ society has always made some people ‘marginalised’ on the basis of their sexual orientation. Pansexuality has launched an attack on the age-old (worldwide acceptable) concept of heterosexuality. We should realise the necessity of accepting the idea of unconventional concept of sexuality.
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