Alternative Sexuality

Written by on August 15, 2017

Camille's Note

It could be argued that sexual predilections, such as fetishes, BDSM interest and paraphilias are not a choice (although we do choose to actively pursue them). In this sense, BDSM or kink would also classify as an alternative sexuality (not merely an alternative lifestyle, which denotes a choice).

There has been some chatter (on the interwebz) about having kink and fetishism classified as an orientation. Galen Fous, for example, calls if Fetishsexuality and Dr Michael Aaron includes Alternative Lifestyles in his AltSex NYC conference. Many of the researchers, therapists and sexologists I have spoken with for Stereo-Typed do not make a distinction between Alternative Sexuality and Alternative Lifestyle.

Kinkly Glossary Term:

Kinkly Entry

Alternative sexuality refers to any sexuality that does not fall under heterosexuality. It is the umbrella term for all sexual and romantic attractions that go beyond opposite sex attraction. At the same time, it is more than being homosexual or bisexual. It includes those who identify as asexual, persons who do not experience sexual attraction; and those who identify as pansexual, persons who can be sexually attracted to all genders. Alternative sexualities make up the gender identity rainbow, which includes lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders, and queers, among others.

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