It’s a Buffet, Not a Binary (Infographic)

An infographic based on the post Don’t Make Me Choose, where I talk about different parts of my identity & experience being pitted against each other in a false binary. Much thanks to all my PF mutuals who helped with feedback and revisions.

These images are free to repost and distribute. If you do so, I would prefer if you would also link back to this post, which includes a transcript below the cut.

[Crossposted to Pillowfort, and reposted to Twitter.]

infographic part 1, transcript below
infographic part 2, transcript below

Transcript:

These are two of the many ways of relating to orientation, identity, sexuality, and romance:

[icon of a compass and a combined heart & circle] Some people identify with one orientation that describes their relationship to both romance and sexuality, seamlessly intertwined.

[two compasses and a heart separate from a circle] Some people identify with a romantic orientation and a sexual orientation because they relate to each concept differently.

But these are not the only ways…

[one compass and a heart separate from a circle] Some people find romantic-vs-sexual a personally relevant idea and identify with a romantic orientation, not a sexual orientation.

[two compasses and a combined heart & circle] Some people identify with multiple types of orientation, without finding romantic-vs-sexual a personally relevant idea.

[one compass and multiple magnet icons] Some people experience attraction in multiple different types or ways and identify with only one orientation.

[compass crossed out] Some people don’t conceptualize their feelings in terms of an orientation at all.

And the list goes on. Orientation and attraction are two different concepts, and the romantic vs. sexual distinction isn’t all or nothing. People relate to these concepts in many different ways, engaging with the ones that are useful to them.

[dinner plate icon] It’s a Buffet, Not a Binary.


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