We talked about sexuality and gender in sociology today. By now, MOST of the overtly sensitive right wings have cleared out, so there were mature people (Mostly) in the class.
I asked the professor's opinion on pansexuality vs bisexuality, because it is an argument I have all the time with people. Class mate interjects with "They're the same."
Before I could counter, my professor says this: (paraphrasing; I wish I'd recorded this)
"Pansexuality is different from bisexuality in that it is not technically a sexuality, but is forced to be considered as a sexual orientation because of social filters. Pansexuals look for something other than the biological. They look for the mental connection. They connect with a person for who they are first, and gender, sex and any other relations fall to wayside, as they are not important as the 'Mental mate.' Creatures that mate for life take partners for safety, survival, a bond. Those who are gender/sex blind are looking for that bond, but not through biological means, but through mental and emotional means. That is what separates them from bisexuals."
I love my professor.