New Words : pomosexual

16. pomosexual :

noun :

a person who shuns labels such as heterosexual and homosexual that define individuals by their sexual preferences

Related Forms :

pomosexuality : noun

PoMoSexual : adjective

Notes :

This word combines pomo, shorthand for postmodern, with the suffix -sexual. Although she didn't invent the word, pomosexual was made famous (in certain circles, anyway) by editors Carol Queen and Lawrence Schimel who used it in the title of a 1997 anthology of essays, PoMoSexuals: Challenging Assumptions About Gender and Sexuality (Cleis Press). On the back cover of the book, PoMoSexual is described, unhelpfully, as the "erotic reality beyond the boundaries of gender, separatism, and essentialist notions of sexual orientation."

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