Nonbinary Sexuality

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Nonpolar is an umbrella term describing any sexual orientation that is neither heterosexual or homosexual (or the "poles" of sexual identity). As such it would be inclusive of any other sexual identity, including both bisexual and pansexual as well as others. The originator of the term, Emma Frye, initially used Nonbinary Sexuality, but found in practice that Nonpolar was less confusing.

Kinsey scale[edit]

In the 1940s, the zoologist Alfred Kinsey created a scale to measure the continuum of sexual orientation from heterosexuality to homosexuality. Kinsey studied human sexuality and argued that people have the capability of being hetero- or homosexual even if this trait does not present itself in the current circumstances.[1] The Kinsey scale is used to describe a person's sexual experience or response at a given time. It ranges from 0, meaning exclusively heterosexual, to 6, meaning exclusively homosexual.[2] People who rank anywhere from 2 to 4 are often considered bisexual; they are often not fully one extreme or the other.[3] The sociologists Martin S. Weinberg and Colin J. Williams write that, in principle, people who rank anywhere from 1 to 5 could be considered bisexual.[4]

Demographics and prevalence[edit]

Kinsey's 1948 work Sexual Behavior in the Human Male found that "46% of the male population had engaged in both heterosexual and homosexual activities, or 'reacted to' persons of both sexes, in the course of their adult lives".[5] Kinsey himself disliked the use of the term bisexual to describe individuals who engage in sexual activity with both males and females, preferring to use bisexual in its original, biological sense as hermaphroditic, stating, "Until it is demonstrated [that] taste in a sexual relation is dependent upon the individual containing within his anatomy both male and female structures, or male and female physiological capacities, it is unfortunate to call such individuals bisexual."[6][7] The Janus Report on Sexual Behavior, published in 1993, showed that 5 percent of men and 3 percent of women considered themselves bisexual and 4 percent of men and 2 percent of women considered themselves homosexual.[8]


  1. Young-Bruehl, Elisabeth (2001). "Are Human Beings "By Nature" Bisexual?". Studies in Gender and Sexuality. 3 (2): 179–213. doi:10.1080/15240650209349175.
  2. Kinseys hetero homo rating scale Retrieved 7 April 2011.
  3. Szymanski, Mike (2008). "Moving Closer to the Middle: Kinsey the Movie, and Its Rocky Road to Bisexual Acceptance". Journal of Bisexuality. 8 (3–4): 287–308. doi:10.1080/15299710802501918.
  4. Weinberg, Martin S.; Williams, Colin J.; Pryor, Douglas W. (1995). Dual Attraction: Understanding Bisexuality. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 41. ISBN 978-0-19-509841-9. Search this book on Logo.png
  5. Research Summary Archived 26 July 2010 at the Wayback Machine from the Kinsey Institute.
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  7. Kinsey, A. C., Pomeroy, W. B., & Martin, C. E. (1948). Sexual behavior in the human male. Philadelphia: W. B. Saunders. p 657.
  8. "Frequently Asked Sexuality Questions to the Kinsey Institute". The Kinsey Institute. Retrieved 16 February 2007.

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