This is a debate that we have in my house. My daughter currently identifies as pan-sexual. This may change but for now that’s where she’s at and my wife and I support her regardless of where she ends up on the spectrum of sexuality and identity.
Sexuality is a broad spectrum and her friends and classmates identify all over it. My wife is in the Timex camp of questioning why we need so many labels. I’m in the Armando camp of believing that there is power in naming and claiming. Part of it is empowering individuals and helping them better come to terms with their identities. Part of it is raising awareness and helping folks coming from a differing experience to understand the issues, challenges and differing hardships that come along with specific identities.
The question has been asked, “Who gives s shit?” The answer is the folks who face the biases, discrimination and challenges that come along with their particular identity. Sure it gets confusing to us on the outside looking in (I don’t even officially know the name for my boring, straight, normally gendered self) but the goal of better understanding in the name of striving towards greater equality should be universally supported.
I also think it’s very cool that the generation coming of age now feels so much more free to embrace their sexuality regardless of where it falls on the spectrum and that they are much less likely to judge their peers.