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Sexual Orientations in My Characters

Previously I ran through a list of romantic orientations. This Tumblr list focuses more on sexual orientations, and here's my list of QUILTBAG characters.


Types of Attraction

According to one Tumblr user who claims to be an expert on the topic, there are six types of attraction:

-sexual: “I want to have sex with you”

-romantic: “I want to date you”

-sensual: “I want to hug/kiss you”

-platonic: “I want to be friends with you”

-aesthetic: “You look nice”

-Alterous: can best be described as desiring emotional closeness with someone; is neither platonic nor romantic but rather somewhere in between the two


To this I will add three more. The first is already in wide use, the second is my own construction to fit a need.

-social: "I prefer to interact with this type of person."

-tractive: "I want to form serious, long-term connections with this type of person."

-flux: an orientation which shifts over time for various reasons, or seemingly no reason.


Now here are all the sexualities:

Abrosexual: having an orientation or feelings about it that constantly change and cannot be pinned down for this reason
Gormlaith in "A Different Kind of QUILTBAG" has sexual and romantic attractions that fluctuate in just about every way including this one.

Aceflux: similar to genderflux where the intensity of sexual attraction you feel fluctuates; asexual to demisexual to allosexual and back
Alex in Schrodinger's Heroes may fall into this category, as she is written in many ways but often on the ace spectrum.

Aegosexual: feeling attraction or desire only for situations that does not involve oneself; previously known as autochoris-
I can't think of a character I've written with this trait.

Akoisexual: the feeling of attraction but not wanting it reciprocated or losing it when it is reciprocated; used as an alternative and potentially less problematic form of lithosexual/lithoromantic
I can't think of a character I've written with this trait.

Aliquasexual: not normally feeling attraction, but feeling it on occasion under specific circumstances

This commonly applies to anyone who goes into heat. You can see it with the horses Judd and Zigana in "A Confession of Pain."
In "The Best Type of Intimacy" Benchdog mentions feeling no urges since neither human nor canine females smell right to him. He has not yet met a dog girl, though, so may well find that attractive -- perhaps only during her season.

Alligisexual: feeling erotic attraction toward switches in kink. From Greek αλλαγή (allagí̱) meaning switch or change.

Allosexual / Sexual: someone who experiences erotic attraction, such as heterosexual or homosexual.

Amicussexual: when you’re attracted to people you’re platonically attracted to
Kedric Roberson is romantic amicussexual, introduced with "In the Depths of Your Grief."

Amorplatonic: experiencing romantic attraction but only wanting to be in queerplatonic/quasiplatonic relationships
Rizel Bagong-gahasa is Skink's partner and prefers queerplatonic relationships.

Androgynosexual: Being sexually attracted to both men and women, specifically to those with androgynous appearances.
Francys Kline in "Who Needs Your Light" feels this way, preferring people with a blend of gender traits. (Not published yet.)

Androphilia:
an attraction primarily toward men or masculine-inclined people.

Chiara certainly has this, although it may not be limited to this. See "Some Ancient Urge" for sexyfuntimes between Chiara and Cuoio.

Androsexual: Sexual attraction towards men or those with masculine characteristics.
Chiara certainly has this, although it may not be limited to this. See "Some Ancient Urge" for sexyfuntimes between Chiara and Cuoio.

Antihaemosexuality: a sexual orientation in which one is attracted only to people who are not, at the moment, menstruating. In some extreme cases, antihaemosexuals may only be attracted to people who never menstruate, or who have never menstruated at all.
I can't think of a character I've written with this trait.

Apothi: being aromantic/asexual and not experiencing any romantic/sexual feelings in any shape or form; aromantic/asexual individuals who are romance/sex repulsed
Lalor is a standoffish sex-repulsed asexual who is probably also apothiroromantic (but his best friend Ani has gotten past his barriers anyway); Ani is casually sexual, intensely omnisensual, and open to romance. They're introduced in "A Different Kind of QUILTBAG."

Arospike/Acespike: feeling no attraction except in occasional bursts of intense attraction and then plummeting back to no attraction
This commonly applies to anyone who goes into heat. You can see it with the horses Judd and Zigana in "A Confession of Pain."

Asexual: feeling no sexual attraction regardless of gender or situation
In An Army of One, many characters are aromantic, and all of the AYES so far are aromantic asexual.
In Hart's Farm, Solvig is aromantic asexual. Ragi is aromantic demisexual homosexual, mostly celibate and mostly solitary.
In Schrodinger's Heroes, Ash and Schrodinger are canonically asexual.
Clement, introduced in "Damask Speaks," is homoromantic asexual.

Autosexuality: the feeling of attraction only towards oneself
I can't think of a character I've written with this trait.

Bisexual: the feeling of attraction towards two or more genders, generally your own gender and other(s)
Stalwart Stan is biromantic bisexual, and also demi. See him get all hot and bothered in "The Outcome of Vulnerability."
Noah is biromantic bisexual. See him cuddle with Danso in "The Frequency of Love."

Borea: having an exception to your usual orientation
Lalor is generally nontractive (but his best friend Ani has gotten past his barriers anyway); Ani is casually sexual, intensely omnisensual, and open to romance. They're introduced in "A Different Kind of QUILTBAG."

Burst: having spikes in attraction that fade away after a while
This commonly applies to anyone who goes into heat. You can see it with the horses Judd and Zigana in "A Confession of Pain."

Cass: feeling utterly indifferent towards attraction and believing it's not important
In An Army of One, many characters don't seem to place much value on attraction. All of the AYES so far are aromantic asexual, and some of them don't even want a pilot.
In Schrodinger's Heroes, evil!Schrodinger is sometimes written this way.

Cease: usually beeing allo- yet occasionally feeling a sudden loss of attraction and then returning to normal
I can't think of a character I've written with this trait.

Cetero: the feeling of attraction towards nonbinary people; replaces skolio- because “skolio” means bent or broken and implies that nonbinary people must be fixed; this is reserved for trans/nonbinary individuals because cis people were judging nonbinary people based off of presentation alone
I can't think of a character I've written with this trait.

Culparomantic: feeling romantic and platonic attraction at the same time

This fits most of my characters in a relationship. Certainly it applies to Antimatter and Stalwart Stan, who started out as nemeses, then sort of made friends, then admitted the romantic/sexual attraction.

Cupio: the feeling of having no attraction towards any gender yet still desiring a sexual or romantic relationship

I can't think of a character I've written with this trait.

Demisensual: not wanting close physical contact such as snuggling with anyone, until a close emotional connection develops, after which an attraction for sensual activities may develop.

Demisexuality: not feeling attraction towards someone until a certain closeness or bond has been formed
Stalwart Stan is demisexual. He and Lawrence discuss demisexuality in "The Outcome of Vulnerability."
Calliope is demiromantic demisexual.
In Frankenstein's Family, Dénes the brewer is slow to warm up to people, and uncomfortable with fast advances in intimacy. You can see this in "Who Finds a True Friend," where he and his wife Dorottya get involved with Csilla. By contemporary terminology, I call Dénes demiromantic demisexual, even though those terms aren't in play within his culture.

Desinoromantic: when one does not experience full-on romantic attraction, but experiences “liking” someone instead of loving them romantically, at which point the attraction goes no further

I can't think of a character I've written with this trait.

Dominusexual: feeling erotic attraction toward dominant people in kink. From Latin dominus for master.

Duo: having two or more well defined orientations that you switch between
Gormlaith in "A Different Kind of QUILTBAG" has sexual and romantic attractions that fluctuate in just about every way including this one.
I have also used duosexual in reference to the twins of "A Different Kind of QUILTBAG" who only want to have sex with a man who wants both of them.

Ficto: only felling a certain type of attraction towards fictional characters
I can't think of a character I've written with this trait.

Fin: feeling attraction to fem(me) identifying people
In Walking the Beat, a lesbian romance, Dale's partner Kelly is femme so Dale is probably finromantic finsexual.

Flux-: fluctuating orientation between hyper- and hypo- and/or a-.
Chatault (Dinah Courdouannier) in "The Cardinal Sin of Satanism" is aromantic fluxsexual, with bursts of horniness separated by spans of disinterest, and no interest in lasting relationships.

Fray: only experiencing attraction towards those you are less familiar with; the feeling is lost when they become closer or more familiar; the opposite of demi-
Chuckwagon (Charles "Chuck" Anstrew) from Terramagne-Nebraska is aromantic fraysexual. He hasn't appeared anywhere yet, though.

Gerontosexuality: Attraction primarily to elderly people.
I can't think of a character I've written with this trait.

Grey: the feeling of usually not having any attraction except occasionally depending on the situation; typically paired with asexual and aromantic
Gray-A:
1) do not normally experience sexual attraction, but can sometimes.
2) Have sexual attraction but a low sex drive
3) Have sexual attraction and drive but no desire to act upon it.
4) Those who have sexual attraction and drive but only under limited and specific circumstances.


Alternative definition:
Gray-A: (also spelled “Grey-A”) is a gray area between asexuality and sexuality

Hanh Espinoza has no romantic or sexual aspirations at this time. He may not be quite aromantic or asexual, but he seems to be on that spectrum. He is introduced in "Devil May Care."

Gynephilia is an attraction primarily toward women or feminine-inclined people.
This likely describes Cuoio, who certainly finds women appealing and doesn't mind men expressing feminine aspects, so I gather he'd be fine with the male-bodied-female-presenting comares. He's quite protective of Salvo's crossdressing in "Small Beautiful Bones."

Gynosexual: Sexual attraction towards women or those with feminine characteristics.
This likely describes Cuoio, who certainly finds women appealing and doesn't mind men expressing feminine aspects, so I gather he'd be fine with the male-bodied-female-presenting comares. He's quite protective of Salvo's crossdressing in "Small Beautiful Bones."

Heteroflexible: the feeling of having mostly hetero- attraction yet having an openness for other genders

In "A Different Kind of QUILTBAG," Jarlath is heteroflexible vanilla.

Heterosexual: the feeling of being attracted to a gender other than your own
In P.I.E. Brenda and Darrel are heteroromantic heterosexual.
As far as I know, Stalwart Stan's parents Stuart and Sharon Wood are heteroromantic heterosexual. You can see their family life in "What We Call Chaos."

Homoflexible: Being mostly attracted (both emotionally and physically) to the same sex, but can, on occasion be attracted to the opposite sex. This is different from Bisexuality because you are attracted to both sexes equally in bisexuality, but if you are homoflexible, you are drawn more to the same sex.
Hyacinthe Adam Defau in "Sojourners" is androromantic homoflexible.

Homosexual: the feeling of being attracted to your own gender
In Walking the Beat, Dale and Kelly are homoromantic homosexual.
Hefty and Roger are homoromantic homosexual, as shown in "Chipped."

Iculasexual: being asexual but open to having sex
The closest I have to this is Dian in "A Different Kind of QUILTBAG" who provides his partner with orgasms via superpower. It's a sexual activity but not intercourse.

Intrasexual: a member of a multiple system who is only attracted, romantically or sexually, to other members of the same system. “Intraromantic” is a more commonly-used term, due to the difficulties of two members of the same system engaging in a sexual relationship.
I can't think of a character I've written with this trait.

Ipsiflux: wanting to form a strong, long-term relationship with a boss but the exact nature (sexual, romantic, platonic, etc.) depends on the boss' orientation and morphs to match. From Latin ipsimus for boss.
Pips in "The Higher a Monkey Climbs" is ipsiflux.

Ipsiplatonic: wanting to form a strong, long-term, relationship with a boss which is neither sexual nor romantic. From Latin ipsimus for boss.

Ipsisensual: wanting to form a sensual relationship with a boss, which is not necessarily sexual or romantic. From Latin ipsimus for boss.

Ipsisexual: wanting to form a sexual relationship with a boss. From Latin ipsimus for boss.

Ipsitractive: wanting to form a strong, long-term relationship with a boss. From Latin ipsimus for boss.

Kalossexual: the desire to have a sexual relationship yet never feeling sexual attraction; part of the ace spectrum
I can't think of a character I've written with this trait.

Lamvano: feeling no desire to do sexual/romantic things to someone, but wanting to be on the receiving end; opposite of placio-
I can't think of a character I've written with this trait.

Lesbian: someone who identifies fully or partially as a woman who is attracted to other fully or partially identified women
In Walking the Beat, Dale and Kelly are lesbians.
In "TERF Wars," Maren is a political lesbian.

Limno: experiencing attraction towards depictions of attraction (writing or drawings) but not the physical acts
This fits Sander Albinson, a minion who appears in "Bitter Ice."

Ma: feeling attraction to men
Basically all the straight women, gay men, and bi everyone.
In P.I.E. Brenda is a straight woman.
Hefty and Roger are gay men, as shown in "Chipped."
Stalwart Stan is biromantic bisexual, and also demi. See him get all hot and bothered in "The Outcome of Vulnerability."
Noah is biromantic bisexual. See him cuddle with Danso in "The Frequency of Love."

Menosexual: A little-known orientation, menosexuality is attraction primarily or entirely to people who are menstruating. It is the opposite of antihaemosexuality.
I can't think of a character I've written with this trait.

Metasexual: the term I eventually coined for myself after outgrowing omni/pan. Meta means "beyond." I'm attracted to people, not bodies, and other terms just seem too limiting. By the time I stack up all the factors, my sexuality is a tesseract.
Dazhawn Alvarez from "In the Light of Creative Altruism" is nonmonogamous metasexual.
Katie McCormic from "Without Diversity" is quasiromantic metasexual.

Min: feeling attraction to masculine identifying people
This likely applies to Chiara, who definitely has romantic/sexual interest in men, and she's perfectly happy dancing with a butch in "Small Beautiful Bones." See "Reveal Everything Mysterious" for her romantic dinner with Cuoio.

Multisexuality: a sexual orientation wherein one is only attracted to members of multiple systems. In some cases, a multisexual is only attracted to one member of a system; in others, they may be attracted to several members of the same system, to everyone in the same system, or to people from separate systems. One thing all multisexuals have in common, though, is that they only experience romantic or sexual attraction toward members of multiple systems.
I can't think of a character I've written with this trait.

Neu: feeling attraction towards people who are genderless
I can't think of a character I've written with this trait.

Nin: feeling attraction towards androgynous identifying people
I can't think of a character I've written with this trait.

Nocisma: feeling attraction to everyone except cis men because of associated oppression

I can't think of a character I've written with this trait.

Noma: experiencing attraction to every gender except for self identifying men
I can't think of a character I've written with this trait.

Novi: feeling complicated attraction or lack thereof in such a way that it is difficult or impossible to fit into one word or term
I don't have a character who specifically identifies this way, but it's one of several that may apply to Vagary, who identifies as sexually confused (and is just as confused about romance). See "Can't It Just Be What It Is?"

Novo: when one’s orientation changes with gender

Sometimes Calvin has different feelings than Calliope does, as mentioned in "Can't It Just Be What It Is?"

Nowo: experiencing attraction to every gender except for self identifying women

I can't think of a character I've written with this trait.

Objectumsexual: Someone who is sexually attracted to inanimate objects. (In this sense, this is not a fetish, for the person sees the object as a partner, not a way to enhance a separate sexual relationship with another person)
I can't think of a character I've written with this trait.

Omni: the feeling of a lack of preference in gender and may be attracted to all genders equally; similar to pan-
Ani is casually sexual, intensely omnisensual, and open to romance; introduced in "A Different Kind of QUILTBAG."
Marion in "TERF Wars" is omnisexual.
Pain's Gray is heterosexual, but omnisensual, and often mistaken for homosexual.
Hart's Farm includes a number of omnisexual characters such as Bergren and Frida.

Pan: the feeling of attraction towards any gender or all genders; similar to omni-
Pat in Schrodinger's Heroes is canonically pansexual and polyamorous and pretty much up for anything.

Particesexual - wanting to form an erotic relationship with a partner such as a dance partner or beat partner. From Latin particeps for partner.

Penulti: feeling attraction towards every gender except your own
I can't think of a character I've written with this trait.

Platoniromantic: feeling no difference between platonic and romantic attraction
I can't think of a character I've written with this trait.

Polar: feeling either extreme attraction or intense repulsion
I can't think of a character I've written with this trait.

Poly: the feeling of attraction towards most or several genders (but not all)
I can't think of a character I've written with this trait.

Polyamory: the practice, desire, or acceptance of having more than one intimate relationship at a time with the knowledge and consent of everyone involved.
Pat in Schrodinger's Heroes is canonically pansexual and polyamorous and pretty much up for anything. He is married with several spice.
Carissa in "The Willingness to Surrender Ideas" is polyamorous with a husband and a wife.
The Parquetry polyfamily appears in "A River So Long."

Pomosexual (the “pomo” means “postmodern”): a label used to describe those who do not self-identify as gay, straight, or bi, because they feel such labels are unnecessary and outdated.
Corey Trueblood in "On the Crust of an Unfinished Planet" is idemromantic pomosexual.

Pre: a placeholder term for someone who doesn’t think they’ve experienced enough attraction to know their orientation
While Vagary has not yet found this term, it certainly applies to him. See "Can't It Just Be What It Is?"

Proqua: feeling attracted to feminine people when you yourself are feminine
Mira is a lesbian and this reasonably fits her; introduced in "Damask Speaks."

Proquu: feeling attracted to masculine people when you yourself are masculine
Ham is gay and this reasonably fits him; introduced in "Damask Speaks."

Queer: This is sometimes used as an umbrella term for those who do not identify as heterosexual. It can also refer to someone who does not fit any specific sexuality.
Quinn in Schrodinger's Heroes generally eschews labels, so this is about as precise as it gets.

Sapiosexuality: a sexual orientation where the primary feature that one finds attractive is intelligence, rather than appearance or body. It commonly goes hand-in-hand with asexual-spectrum orientations
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Clarity is sapiosexual; introduced in "Damask Speaks."

Sans: when there’s no trend line in the attraction one feels, it just does what it does
I can't think of a character I've written with this trait.

Sensu: an orientation that is based off of sensuality as opposed to romance, sexuality, etc; different from sensual orientation; when romantic or sexual type pleasure is derived from sensual acts or situations

I can't think of a character I've written with this trait.

Skoliosexual: the feeling of attraction towards nonbinary genders; replaced by cetero- because of problematic wording
I can't think of a character I've written with this trait. However, this is an aspect of my orientation, and I like this term precisely because of the "twisting" connotation. My sexuality is Celtic knotwork. \o/

Specio: feeling attraction towards someone based off of specific traits, not gender
This may be the closest I've found to the platonic orientation that Pips has, which actually has two clusters: terrible bosses, and fantastic bosses. And he squishes on them so hard, he turns into a fluttering schoolboy, as shown in "The Higher a Monkey Climbs."

Submisexual: feeling erotic attraction to a submissive person in kink. From Latin submissus for submissive.

Thym: feeling attraction which varies depending on emotional state
This is one of the possibilities for Vagary; see "Can't It Just Be What It Is?"

Volit: feeling attraction that is not directed at anyone in particular
I can't think of a character I've written with this trait.

Woma: feeling attraction to women
This reasonably describes straight men, gay women, and bi everyone.
Stalwart Stan started out with girlfriend, Angelica, as shown in "Look at Me."
In Walking the Beat, Dale and Kelly are gay women.
Hart's Farm has a variety of heterosexual characters including Soren and Szilvia.

Zoosexuality (occasionally called “zoophilia”): the sexual attraction to non-human animals. Most zoosexuals are only attracted to members of one particular species, or to members of closely-related species; and most zoosexuals are attracted to mammals.
I can't think of a character I've written with this trait. I'm watching for it, though; if there are dolphin men who think human women are hot (yes, this is a thing) then there are probably human women who are into dolphin men. I'm not sure we should count the scientist who jerked off her research partner to keep his interest, due to the artificial conditions.
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