Pomosexual refers to someone who denies or does not fit any labels for a particular kind of attraction. A pomosexual person rejects, has an aversion to, or does not fit any sexual orientations such as gay, straight, asexual etc. This can either be because one finds that this arguably more typical way of describing sexual orientation ("I am attracted to x", "I like to romantically kiss x", or "I am repulsed by x") is not applicable to their sense of identity, or because one feels the current vocabulary within the LGBT+ community cannot accurately describe one's own sense of sexual orientation, or because one simply does not wish to describe their orientation. A pomosexual person may or may not feel sexual attraction, but is not interested in specifying whether they feel it, and to whom. They do not want or need a specific label.
Pomosexual can be a sexuality by itself, but can also be used as an umbrella term. There are four main "branches" of pomosexuality, which are:
History[edit | edit source]
The term was coined in 1997 by Carol Queen and Lawrence Schimel. Pomo- is short for postmodern. The term was never meant to replace the term LGBT+; rather, the LGBT+ community with its own labels and theories serve as the starting point for the concept of pomosexuality. The book draws similarities to the postmodernism art movement, stating that the beauty of Postmodernism (pomosexuality) cannot be appreciated without looking at its roots in modernism (the LGBT+ community). The book acknowledges that the "neatly organized" sexual orientation labels found within the LGBT+ community might fit some, but not all people can fit into those labels.
Resources[edit | edit source]
- Queen, Carol and Schimel, Lawrence (1997). "Pomosexuals: Challenging Assumptions about Gender and Sexuality".