Examples of skoliosexual
Where does skoliosexual come from?
The skolio- in skoliosexual comes from a Greek root meaning “bent” or “curved,” seen in the word scoliosis.
The term was coined in 2010 by a DeviantArt user, Nelde, who made a comprehensive diagram of sexual attraction. Nelde noted using the Greek root as a gloss for the English queer.
Skoliosexuals are attracted to people who identify as nonbinary (i.e., a gender identity that doesn’t fit into traditional male/female and heterosexual/homosexual divisions). Attraction between two people who are nonbinary, for instance, may be described as skoliosexual.
Many in the queer community prefer the term ceterosexual, with cetero- (think et cetera) based on the Latin for “other,” given how “bent” and “curved” can imply something is wrong with nonbinary people.
Who uses skoliosexual?
The term skoliosexual has seen spread with the greater awareness, inclusion, and visibility of nonbinary identities in popular culture. Major publications like Refinery29 and HuffPost have written about the term.
Discussion of skoliosexuality, including self-identification, is popular on blogging and social-media platforms like Tumblr, sexuality forums, and Twitter.
There's more to the world then just straight or gay. There's pansexual, asexual, skoliosexual, graysexual, demisexual, autosexual etc
— Bailey McPherson (@baimcpher) July 29, 2015
Some within the queer community argue that being skoliosexual is problematic because they feel it is impossible to tell if someone is nonbinary without stereotyping them or fetishizing them.
I'm not even gonna read this but if huff's answer to "what is a skoliosexual" isn't "a lot of ableist bullshit" I'm gonna log off for a few days https://t.co/z4nhe27Kpq
— Eliot Dowens 🍞🌹👨🏫 (@queertactics) July 4, 2018
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