hello! i think this is a pan centric blog but would you happen to have any sources to help me learn about omnisexuality and it's history? i did some quick reasearch just on tumblr but i dont think i fully grasp it and id like to learn more. (1/2)
Hi! I sure do!
Omnisexual has a similar history to pansexual. It's been in use as a sexual identity label for at least fifty/sixty years, has been used to indicate things like androgyny/fluidity/universal appeal, is included in the bisexual community (currently and historically), and the most notable similarity is that it means attraction to all genders.
Among the community, omni is usually defined specifically as attraction to all genders without preferences or with gender being a factor (whereas pan is defined generally as attraction to all genders just as much as it's defined specifically as attraction regardless of gender). Now I'm gonna give you a few sources for the things I've said above.
Omnisexual being used for at least fifty/sixty years:
— Ramparts in 1968 mentioned pornography that involved "characters who either are or learn to be bi, or better yet, omnisexual." [x]
— The Village Voice in 1973 described omnisexuals as having the "same hump-a-brick if-it's-hip-this-week image as in 'pansexuality'". [x]
— A list of terms was provided in New York Magazine in 1974 for a person “able to have sex with a male or female”, whose “sexual persuasion is certainly nothing new”, and omnisexual was among those terms. [x]
Omnisexual being used to indicate things like androgyny/fluidity/universal appeal:
— Passing Through the Flame, 1975, described Mick Jagger as having a “sinister, yet fascinating omnisexual charisma”. [x]
— Mick Jagger is referred to as having “omnisexual theatrics” in the Encyclopedia of World Biography, 1987. [x]
— A 1998 Salon article described glam rock stars as “blatantly omnisexual”. [x]
Omnisexual being included in the bisexual community historically:
— "A Bisexual Feminist Perspective" by Liz Highleyman in The Fifth Estate in 1993 states “when I think of queer anarchism, I think of breaking down the strict boundaries constructed between the categories of sexuality. So, I guess I think of bisexuality, omnisexuality, pansexuality as being more ‘anarchist’ that strict homosexuality or heterosexuality." [x]
— In Talk Dirty to Me: An Intimate Philosophy of Sex, 1994, author Sallie Tisdale mentioned a friend who “likes to call both gays and straights ‘monosexuals,’ but isn’t particularly fond of any of the new terms being promoted by an increasingly visible bisexual movement - words like pansexual and omnisexual.” [x]
— In a 1994 issue of Anarchy: A Journal of Desire Armed, Liz Highleyman described pansexual, polysexual, and omnisexual as “newer labels with less baggage” than queer in the letter "Bisexual Liberation". [x]
— In the 1995 book Bisexual Politics: Theories, Queries, and Visions by Naomi S. Tucker, Liz Highleyman stated “bisexuals both within and outside the organized bi movement have made this project [deconstructing identity-based categories] an integral part of how we make sense of the world and live our lives as bisexual, pansexual, omnisexual, multisexual, ‘just sexual,’ androgynous, genderfucked, bi-gendered, non-gendered, gender-indifferent, or ‘don’t label me’ human beings seeking to create communities with those with whom we find common cause, even (or maybe especially!) if our labels don’t happen to coincide.” [x]
Omnisexual being included in the bisexual community currently:
— The American Institute of Bisexuality: “Terms that fall under the bi umbrella include pansexual (attraction to all genders, with a political emphasis on nonbinary gender identities), polysexual (attraction to multiple sexes), omnisexual (attraction to all sexes), and multisexual (attraction to multiple sexes).” [x]
— Bi Net USA: “Getting Bi+ (Pan/Fluid/Omni/Poly/Queer/Unlabeled).” [x]
— Bisexual Resource Center: “The BRC uses ‘bisexual’ and ‘bi+’ as umbrella terms for people who recognize and honor their potential for sexual and emotional attraction to more than one gender (bisexual, pansexual, omnisexual, fluid, queer, asexual, and other free-identifiers). We celebrate and affirm the diversity of identity and expression regardless of labels.” [x]
— GLAAD: “What does it mean to be bisexual? Some people who have the capacity to be attracted to people of any gender choose other words to describe their sexual orientation such as: bisexual, pansexual, polysexual, omnisexual, fluid, or queer. Some people prefer to avoid any label at all.” [x]
— HRC: “In addition to those who identify with the word ‘bisexual,’ the bi community includes those who call themselves pansexual, queer, fluid, omnisexual, non-monosexual, in the middle sexualities, heteroflexible, homoflexible, polysexual and a variety of other labels that indicate attraction to more than one gender. [x]
Among the community, omnisexual is usually defined with the specification of gender being a factor, but among organizations and activists, omnisexual tends to be defined synonymously with pansexual:
— Addressing Homophobia and Heterosexism on College Campuses, 2002: “Omnisexual (omni is from Latin origins meaning all), and pansexual (pan is from Greek origins meaning all), thus, someone who is omnisexual or pansexual can be attracted to all genders, or a variety of gender identities.” [x]
— Bi: Notes for a Bisexual Revolution by Shiri Eisner, 2013: “Pansexual/omnisexual: people who are attracted (sexually, romantically, and/or otherwise) to people of all genders and sexes, or to multiple genders and sexes, or regardless of sex and gender.” [x]
— The Bisexual Organizing Group: “Omnisexual, Pansexual, Pan: A person who has the capacity to form enduring physical, romantic, and/or emotional attractions to those of any or all genders. The prefix Omni is Latin and Pan is Greek, both mean ‘all.’” [x]
— biUK: “Pansexual/Omnisexual: Anyone attracted to people of all genders and sexes or regardless of sex and gender, and who identifies as pan or omni.” [x]
— Purple Prose: Bisexuality in Britain/Claiming the B in LGBT: Illuminating the Bisexual Narrative edited by Kate Harrad, 2016/2018: “Omnisexual: attracted to many or all genders.” [x] [x]
— Revolutionary Voices: A Multicultural Queer Youth Anthology, 2000: “Omnisexual (pansexual): broadly defined, someone who is emotionally, spiritually, physically, and/or sexually attracted to those of all genders and sexes.” [x]
— The Trevor Project: “Omnisexual refers to someone who is attracted to people of all genders, and for whom gender plays an important part of attraction.” [x]
All of these sources (and more) can be found here on my omni/ply timeline page. I've been researching omnisexual and polysexual to create mini timelines for them, inspired by my pansexual timeline, it includes:
omnisexual and polysexual timelines
groups/orgs/events that specifically include omnisexual and polysexual
definitions for omnisexual and polysexual used by orgs
omnisexual and polysexual characters/people
There's unfortunately not a lot of rep for these identities, but I found one omnisexual person, a handful of omnisexual characters (about half are characters who were described as both pan and omni), and two polysexual characters.
Anyways, this was a bit more than you asked for anon, but I hope it was helpful, and maybe gives you a little more understanding of omnisexual, and if not, maybe gives you a jumping off point to do further research on it.
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Succubi and Incubi are female and male aspects of the race known as Cubi. They are wanderers and looked at as mediators wherever they go. They try to help however they can wether that is through words or actions (intimate and otherwise).
They usually try to settle confrontations against them using persuasion and charm. They use violence as a last resort but are very adept at it - many train with Celestials as adults to be self sufficient with any weapon they come across.
Inspirations: Air Nomads
Those who identify/or born third can identify as agender, gender-queer, gender-fluid, or non-binary or anything in between. These individuals are treated with great respect and usually have the prefect Cenn before their name. Cenn means teacher in High Enochian. These individuals are still able to have children and travel, though it is asked that if they do not like to teach they still be available to come care for the children when they are asked to.
Cubi gain tattoos based on their exploits and things they want to remember - can be something good or bad, it is up to them. This practice echos their god who is said to have the names of all their children tattooed on their body and the manner in which they died - a way to remember the good and bad in life.
Raised by those of third gender runes denote siblings to stop inbreeding. They usually pair up in fertility festivals, some gaining runes of marriage if they wish it.
Their god is formless and amorphous able to take on any appearance - so all gods are a form of them. They build monasteries to house their teachers and children. Sex is seen as a way to understand an individual and bring people together. They don't need it to live. They are seen as therapists and peacemakers, able to calm people down and resolve negative emotions.
They believe their god gained their godhood by doing this very thing:
The Female Aspect nurtured the poor and downtrodden.
The Male Aspect protected the orphaned and vulnerable.
The Third Aspect spread love and understanding.
Their beliefs are to try to bring harmony wherever they go. The only commandments they follow is to help whoever asks, and to not take lives of those who are unarmed. There is no mandate on how to make money.
Cubi can be found in many areas, many travel at some point in their lives - either to combat burnout, help new people, or just to sight see. Some of the places they’re most often seen are:
Cubi are largely an asocial species once they reach adulthood and there are no moral frameworks that are forced on them by their religion or teachers. Each Cubi is only asked to make their own code of conduct and to add it to the wall as a tag. Give up their own children to better help others - give all that love to others.
When Cubi are ready they go out into the world, they go first with a trusted adulthood - usually a Cenn who is more at home traveling than teaching. The young Cubi do not have their adult robes, this year is meant to expose them and let them loose.
A traveling Cenn takes 4 - 6 cubi with them for this excursion. The cubi come back after that year and do more training - this time teaching their teachers what they learned and the youngest generation as well.
After this is done in a year’s time - they get their adult robes and are free to go out into the world. The robes are two different colors depending on which side the Cubi is wearing it. One side showcases that they are open for conversations and to help whoever asks it. Another side says they are not and to leave them be.
Adult Cubi regularly add to their robes, adding exploits, phrases, or pictures that hold significance to them. These designs also showcase their various travels and is used as a mating tactic during fertility festivals.
Picture Below: Example of Cubi robes, 1 is the normal issued one, and 2 - 17 are the various styles that they can become.
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