Cor's original flag design, edited to add the intended transparency

Quoisexual (also called WTFsexual or Whatsexual) is a sexual equivalent of quoiromantic. It can also be considered a catchall or umbrella term for similar identities.

Quoisexual experiences may include:

  • Being unsure what sexual attraction is
  • Finding the concept of sexuality/sexual attraction to be inaccessible, inapplicable, or nonsensical
  • Disidentifying with the concept of sexual attraction - either as a social construct or as something potentially applicable to oneself
  • Questioning sexuality for such a long time that the questioning itself becomes the identity, rather than a path toward any other more stable identity

Quoisexual people, especially those under the aromantic umbrella, may identify with both or neither the asexual spectrum nor allosexuality.[1][2][3]

History[edit | edit source]

The term quoisexual originated in approximately 2014, after Tumblr user epochryphal (or Cor) coined quoiromantic, itself an alternative to the humorously-intended wtfromantic.[4][5] The "quoi" in quoisexual comes from the French word quoi, meaning "what."

Symbolism[edit | edit source]

Cor's flag design

A number of flag designs and symbols have been proposed for quoisexuality.

In 2015, Cor proposed cos own flag design for quoi identities, including quoigender, quoisexual, and quoiromantic: four lavender question marks, rotated in a ring to share a single dot, as if spinning in a circle. This design was overlaid on a cool grey background in a house-shape, instead of the traditional rectangular flag.[6] The choice of question marks as a symbol references the questioning basis of quoi as an identity term.

Old version of the black-green-blue design

Prior to that, other flag design proposals for a quoiromantic and quoisexual flag have combined blue, green, black, and white or gray, in varying configurations.[7]

Later version of the black-green-blue design

The earliest of these appears to have been first proposed in 2014, with stripes in black, white, lime green, and light blue, but was later redesigned in approximately 2015, to black, a more muted green, a more muted blue, and pale gray.[8][9] These designs were created by Eris chaotic-evil-gender on Tumblr, now non_bi_nary on Twitter. The original posts for both of these proposals appear to have since been lost and can only be accessed in their archived form via the Wayback Machine.

Lavender version of the triangular flag design

More recently, some simplified designs have been proposed inspired by the nontraditional flag shape idea, using a triangular flag shape instead, with the intent of being easier to physically reproduce.[10] Like Cor's design, these designs exhibit a ring of question mark symbols sharing a single dot, except that the number of question marks is three instead of four. These designs have been proposed in both a green and a lavender version, in reference to previous designs. The green version is intended for quoi orientation identities, specifically. The lavender version is intended for quoi identities as a whole, as with Cor's design, "to honor its intentional vagueness." This leaves it open to use for other types of quoi identities, such as quoigender or quoigenic.

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