The LGBTQ acronym is looking awfully crowded these days. 2017 saw a major uptick in creative new sexual identities. Just when we thought we had heard about them all, a new one seemed to emerge.
From “mostly straight” men who are only “5 to 10% attracted to other men” to people who are sexually attracted to the Earth, here are some of the most popular, most unusual, most creative sexual identities to come out in 2017…
G0ys (spelled with a zero, not an “o”) are a growing class of homosexual men who shun effeminate behavior because they think it’s “cowardly” and who refuse to engage in anal sex because they think it’s a “violent act” that represents “the ultimate form of sexual disrespect.”
According to the website g0ys.org, which labels itself “Ground ZER0 in the ‘UNgay’ Paradigm Shift!”, anal sex is “injurious to the physical structures in the recipient” and akin to a “nuclear weapons program” as it creates a “conduit for disease that is some +5000% more contagious than oral sex.”
Similar to g0ys, but less rigid when it comes to anal stimulation, androphiles are men who are sexually attracted to other men but who shun the labels “gay” or “homosexual.”
“I think ‘homosexual’ is a bit clinical, and lots of people use it negatively,” Nicolas Chinardet told the BBC earlier this year. “‘Gay’ has a certain lifestyle attached to it, which I don’t recognize myself in.”
Urban Dictionary defines androphilia simply as “the attraction to men or masculinity.”
“It’s a polite, nonspecific way to ask what a certain person is attracted to. An androphilic man is homosexual, while an androphilic woman is heterosexual.”
Ecosexuality is term used to describe people who are sexually attracted to the Earth. According to Amanda Morgan from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, ecosexuality covers a wide spectrum of sexual behaviors, from skinny dipping or hiking in the nude to “people who roll around in the dirt having an orgasm covered in potting soil.”
“There are people who f*ck trees, or masturbate under a waterfall,” Morgan elaborates.
Though the term first appeared in the early 2000s,there’s been a sizable uptick in the number of people identifying as ecosexuals in the past year or so. In fact, Google search data that shows interest in the term has spiked dramatically since 2016.
In his recent book Mostly Straight: Sexual Fluidity Among Gay Men, Ritch C. Savin-Williams argues that “mostly straight” should be its own sexual orientation independent of bisexuality or homosexuality.
“The mostly straight man belongs to a growing trend of young men who are secure in their heterosexuality yet remain aware of their potential to experience far more,” Savin-Williams told Time in an interview this year.
He added: “He may retreat from a full identification with heterosexuality, but rarely does he gravitate toward bisexuality, and almost never does he move toward homosexuality of any sort.”
Savin-Williams added that same-sex attraction only makes up about “5% to 10% of [a mostly straight man’s] sexual and romantic feelings.” The remaining 90-95% is devoted to the opposite sex. Hence, he’s mostly straight.
Urban Dictionary defines an “aromantic” as someone who “does not experience romantic attraction.” It also clarifies that “a person who is aromantic does not have to be asexual … They might still experience sensual and aesthetic attraction.”
In other words: You can be aromantic and sexually attracted to people, you just don’t gets butterflies over anyone; sex is for pleasure and nothing else.
Several aromantic online groups have sprouted up over the past year or so, including a Facebook group called Aromantic Non-Asexuals, which currently has over 150 members from all across the country, Happily Aromantic, which has almost 500 members, and Aromantic Talk, which has over 1600 members.
Digisexuals are people who prefer watching virtual reality porn and having sex with sex robots over having sex with actual people.
As robot sex dolls become more sophisticated (the world’s first brothel staffed entirely by robots just opened in Barcelona this year), more and more digisexuals are coming out of the woodwork, the Sun reports.
Researchers Neil McArthur and Markie Twist of the University of Manitoba say psychotherapists should be prepare themselves for an uptick in clients “participating in digisexualities.”
“People will form an intense connection with their robot companions,” they say. “Significant numbers of people will likely come to use robots as their primary mode of sexual experience.”