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Asexuality The Ace Of Hearts

Posted on February 3rd, 2010

Many people have never heard of Asexuality. Some are curious about this phenomenom, so here we will try to share some information and data about Sexuality, answer the FAQ’s about Asexuality and explore sexual preference.

Heterosexual: A person who experiences sexual attraction to people of the opposite gender.

Homosexual: A person who experiences sexual attraction to people of the same gender.

 Bisexual: A person who experiences sexual attraction to people of both genders.

 Asexual: A person who does not experience sexual attraction.

Odds are that you’re well-acquainted with the first three terms, but aren’t particularly familiar with the last one.  Asexuality is making its way into public awareness more and more each day, as an increasing number of people actively identify themselves as such and scientists begin to look more deeply into the subject.

If you’ve never heard of asexuality before, it can be a puzzling topic.  Check out this asexuality FAQ for answers to some of your questions.

What are the origins of asexuality?

Asexuality is not the same thing as celibacy, which is a conscious choice, nor is it a side effect of a medical condition, which is a serious problem.  Asexuality is merely an intrinsic aspect of a person, no different from any of the more commonly discussed sexual orientations.

Do asexuals experience attraction?

Many do experience attraction, in the form of an emotional connection with someone or an aesthetic appreciation of their physical features, but are not motivated to act on that attraction in a sexual manner.  Those who do experience attraction often identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bi, or straight in addition to identifying as asexual.

Can asexual people have relationships?

Absolutely!  Some prefer to remain single, but others form intimate long-term partnerships.  “Asexuality” is a very broad label: some asexuals only date other asexuals, while others date sexual people.  Some choose to have sex even though they do not experience sexual attraction, others do not.  Asexuals who are interested in forming relationships are referred to as “romantic,” while those who have no interest in relationships whatsoever are considered “aromantic.”

Do asexuals experience arousal?

Many do, though it does not lead to a desire to find a sexual partner.  Some asexual people are not involved in any kind of sexual activity, others masturbate but have no interest in intercourse with another person.  Other asexuals use sex to express romantic attraction for a sexual partner, or experience sexual attraction that is based solely on an emotional connection, not on any outward characteristics (known as “demisexual”).

For more information, check out the Asexuality Visibility and Education Network (AVEN) at www.asexuality.org. 

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