Glossary Of Terms
IntersexIntersex is a word that’s used for someone whose body doesn’t fit the medical definition of a male or female body. People who are intersex can have genes, hormones, or body parts that don’t fit into the male or female categories, or might overlap. There are a lot of ways people can be intersex. Many people don’t know for sure if they are or not! It’s common and healthy, and not something that needs to be “fixed.” It is just part of natural differences between people. In the past, people sometimes used the word “hermaphrodite” instead of “intersex”. Today, most people find that word old-fashioned and offensive. Also know that it’s very rare for someone who’s intersex to have a penis and a vagina. You can’t tell if someone’s intersex or not just by looking at their body.Intersex can be an identity, a medical label, or both. It can mean different things in different situations, or with different people. Someone who isn’t intersex can be called “perisex.” (https://sexted.org/)
Two-spirit“Two-spirit” refers to a person who identifies as having both a masculine and a feminine spirit, and is used by some Indigenous people to describe their sexual, gender and/or spiritual identity. As an umbrella term it may encompass same-sex attraction and a wide variety of gender variance, including people who might be described in Western culture as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, gender queer, cross-dressers or who have multiple gender identities. Two-spirit can also include relationships that could be considered poly.(lgbtqhealth.ca)
MasturbationMasturbation is absolutely normal and healthy.Most people do it even if they don’t talk about it! Masturbation is the act of pleasuring yourself by playing with your genitalia. You can use your hands and/or sex toys. Masturbation looks different for different people.To stimulate themselves, some people might watch porn, others might read erotica, etc. There are many ways to masturbate and each one of them are individual to oneself, the important is to find what makes you comfortable and what brings you pleasure!
AbstinenceAbstinence is when you decide to not engage in sexual practices. For some people it can mean not practicing any sexual activities at all ( vaginal, oral, and anal sex), for others it could just mean not practicing vaginal sex. The reason for which someone could decide to become abstinent are varied, anyone regardless of sex, gender or sexual orientation can be abstinent at any point in their lives even if they’ve had sex before.
Sexual role-playRole play is a term used to describe pretending to be someone else for many reasons ! It can be done in a sexual or in a non sexual context. Role-play can be included in sexual activities for many reasons like spicing up one’s sex life. The basic idea behind sexual role-play is to create a fantasy that has no real world implications during sexual activity, and it is fun as long as it is consensual !
DragWearing clothing typically associated with another gender for fun, performance or fantasy, often with a persona or character associated with it and which involves an exaggerated gender expression. Not the same as transgender, although transgender women have historically been at the forefront of drag practices. (via Jeunes Queer Youth)