A person’s romantic orientation can be quite confusing, especially to those who are new to the concept of asexual relationships. Two of the most commonly misunderstood asexual groups are the biromantic and panromantic; and for good reasons. Both are romantically attracted toward two or more genders; but they also differ in a number of ways.
Defining Biromantic vs. Panromantic
People who are biromantic are attracted towards a person of either gender (male or female). They are often romantically attached, but not sexually attracted to said genders.
Meanwhile, panromantic are those who are romantically drawn into a person of any or all genders (including transgenders and third genders). Much like their biromantic counterparts, they seek affection, intimacy, and companionship from said genders rather than a sexual relationship with them.
Simply put, biromantic is a term used to defunct the traditional belief that a person romantically longs for the opposite sex. While panromantic is a term used to disregard the idea that there are only two sexes in romantic orientation.
Affection or Sexual Tension
Although romantic orientation, which is also called affectional orientation, is often linked with sexual orientation, they are separate concepts. After all, sexual attraction is but one of the components that define a person’s romantic relationship. As such, a person’s romantic orientation does not necessarily translate to his/her sexual spectrum.
Aside from the number of genders they can fall into, are there any differences between a biromantic and a panromantic?
Honestly, it’s hard to tell at this point. While they may have differing personality traits in terms of being a romantic partner, biromantic and panromantic, much like other asexual orientations is still an open subject for a lot discussion.
How do I Know My Sexuality?
Sexuality, after all, is being re-defined by today’s society. While, the two most important ingredients – love and sex – are still there, they may not be the only driving force. Some groups argue that love and sex are different desires, and is often the subject of debate among conservative and libertarian thinking.
If you are one of the persons who is still confused of his sexual orientation, especially about being a biromantic or panromantic, you can try out several tests online such as this one.
Please note, however, that the results of the test is not 100-percent accurate and is only intended to help you better understand yourself a little more.