What does quoisexual mean?
Quoisexual is a sexual orientation on the asexuality spectrum. It can refer to a person who doesn't relate to or understand experiences or concepts of sexual attraction and orientation. It can also refer to someone who feels confusion about their own feelings of sexual attraction and orientation.
Examples of quoisexual
Where does quoisexual come from?
Quoisexual is based on the French quoi, a word for “what,” as in the expression je ne sais quoi. It is credited to the user epocryphal in 2014 on Tumblr, a social media site known for its gender and sexual diversity.
As epocryphal defined quoisexual: “sexual orientation and/or attraction does not make sense as a concept or an experience.” Epocrpyhal is also credited with coining quoiromantic and quoigender, in which the concepts and experience of romantic attraction and gender, respectively, don’t make sense to a person.
Quoisexual became more nuanced in meaning, expanding to a sense of confusion over feeling sexual feelings and the struggle to identify an appropriate sexuality. Quoisexuality falls in the asexuality or grey-A spectrums.
As with other terms in the expanding lexicon of gender and sexuality, the term quoisexual spread from Tumblr to the broader internet, including Twitter, in the late 2010s. It resonated with many people who couldn’t define exactly how they felt about their sexual orientation.
20 mins left of #NationalComingOutDay so
I'm quoiromantic/quoisexual and over the moon for finally having something to describe how I feel.
— anna ☁️ (@baIanchine) October 12, 2015
Quoisexual was notably featured by the MOGAI (Marginalized Orientations, Gender identities, And Intersex) Tumblr in 2015. It was added to Urban Dictionary in 2018. It has been humorously nicknamed WTFsexual, from the internet acronym WTF, or what the fuck.
Who uses quoisexual?
The venues of discussion for quoisexual have been in the asexuality community on Tumblr, Twitter, and other social media forums.
#asexuality is a spectrum. There's plenty of different identities within the ace-spectrum. Demisexual, greysexual, placiosexual, quoisexual …. Asexuality isn't black and white; there isn't just sexual attraction and complete lack off sexual attraction. It's more off a
— who (@reinhold_commie) October 23, 2018
The term has support in this community given especially because it is flexible and inclusive, extending to people who are questioning their experiences.
I don't identify with labels. I'm QUOISEXUAL
— Agathe-la-bonne-fée-⭐ (@_entropea) June 2, 2017
Quoi– has become a prefix signifying “not making sense of” or “not relating to” gender or sexual identity, as we saw in quoiromantic and quoigender. Quoisexual is also sometimes shortened to quoi, cf. bi for bisexual.
Think I might be quoisexual/quoiromantic because I feel like the way I feel towards people is often not platonic but I don't wanna date them
— 怖くなった、怖くなった (@alltimelowpng) January 22, 2016
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