What Does Heteroflexible Mean?

What Does Heteroflexible Mean?

Heteroflexible sexual identity is one in which a person primarily has sexual attraction for people of the opposite gender but also has a passing interest in people of the same gender. Heteroflexibility is linked to bisexuality, and many queer people have different interpretations of what that means.

Heteroflexible sexual orientation describes a person who is primarily attracted to heterosexual people but also has some interest in people of the same gender. Because of their primary attraction to the opposite gender, a heteroflexible person may also be considered mostly straight. A homoflexible person, on the other hand, prefers sexual attraction to people of the same gender.


Origin of the Term ‘Heteroflexible’

The term "heteroflexible" most likely first appeared in the early 2000s. While the term "heteroflexible" is relatively new, the concept of sexual fluidity dates back to 1948, when the Kinsey Scale was developed. This was one of the first scientific attempts by a sex therapist to record and identify sexual fluidity by observing and recording a person's sexual behaviors or desire for sexual encounters. Alfred Kinsey discovered that there were more bisexual men and bisexual women than he thought, and his findings were a major contributor to society's efforts to break down heteronormativity and work toward nonbinary identity labels.


Criticism of the Term ‘Heteroflexible’

Some members of the LGBTQ+ community prefer the term "bi-curious" to "heteroflexible" because people of this sexual identity are mostly attracted to people of the same gender and may prefer not to act on that attraction.

Others argue that the term is a form of bi-erasure or biphobia, because some heteroflexible men and heteroflexible women simply avoid identifying as bisexual.