Mad Men star Christina Hendricks had people scratching their heads when she mentioned her pansexual appeal in a Nov. 2010 interview for Harpar's Bazaar magazine.
We admit, we had to look up the pansexual definition to understand what she's talking about. Turns out, the definition of pansexual refers to people who are attracted to other people, no matter their gender or sexual preference. Don't get confused, pansexual is not the same as bisexual -- the former is an all-encompassing term, meaning a pansexual person is attracted to men, women, transgender and other "gender fluid" people. Bisexuality refers exclusively to the attraction to both men and women.
"Women hit on me. My husband thinks it's so odd that so many women hit on me," Hendricks told the magazine.
Gay men approach her regularly too. "They say to me, 'Well, I'm not straight, but if I was...' I think it's so flattering."
Pansexual has other definitions, as well. Organizations or clubs can be pansexual, meaning they allow anyone -- men, women, transgendered, straight, homosexual, bisexual -- to join. It can also mean a person who's willing to try a variety of sexual activities, though that definition isn't as commonly recognized.
Importance of the word Pansexual
Many people are familiar with the term GBLT -- gay, bisexual, lesbian and transgendered. With the increasing understanding of different sexual preferences, it might be time to add a "P" -- for pansexual -- to the end of that term to help increase awareness of pansexuality and its prevelence in our society.
Weigh in -- Was Hendricks right to refer to define herself as pansexual in her Harpar's Bazaar interview?
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