Asexuality is the lack of sexual attraction to others, or low or absent interest in or desire for sexual activity. Asexuality is distinct from abstention asexual sexual activity and from celibacy  which are behavioral and generally motivated by factors such as an individual's personal, social, or religious beliefs. Acceptance of asexuality as a sexual orientation and field of scientific research is still relatively new,    as a growing body of research from both sociological and psychological perspectives has begun to develop.
Various asexual communities have started to form since the advent of the Internet and social media. The most prolific and well-known of these communities is the Asexual Visibility and Education Networkwhich was founded in by David Jay.
Asexuality is sometimes called ace a phonetic shortening of "asexual" while the community is sometimes called the ace communityby researchers or asexuals. The Asexual Visibility and Education Network defines an asexual as "someone who aven not experience sexual attraction" and stated, "[a]nother small minority will think of themselves as asexual for a brief period of time while exploring and asexual their own sexuality" and that "[t]here is no litmus test to determine if someone is asexual.
If at any point someone finds the word asexual useful to describe themselves, we encourage them to use it for as long as it makes sense to do so.
Asexual people, though lacking sexual attraction to any gender, might engage in purely romantic relationships, while others asexual not. With regard to sexual activity in particular, the need or desire asexual masturbation is commonly referred to as sex drive by asexuals and they disassociate it from sexual attraction and being sexual; asexuals who masturbate generally consider it to be a normal product of the human body and not a sign of latent sexuality, and may not even find it pleasurable.
Many people who identify as asexual also identify with other labels. These other identities include how they define their gender and their romantic orientation. Regarding romantic or emotional aspects of sexual orientation or sexual identityfor example, asexuals may aven as heterosexuallesbiangaybisexualaven  or by the following terms to indicate that they associate with the romantic, rather than sexual, aspects of sexual orientation:  .
People may also identify as a gray-A such as a gray-romantic, demiromantic, demisexual or semisexual because they feel that they are between being aromantic and non-aromantic, or between asexuality and sexual attraction. While the term gray-A may cover anyone who occasionally feels romantic or sexual attraction, demisexuals or semisexuals experience sexual attraction only as a secondary component, feeling sexual attraction once a reasonably stable or large emotional connection has been created.
Other unique words and phrases used in the asexual community to elaborate identities and relationships also exist.
One term coined by individuals in the asexual community is friend-focusedwhich refers to highly valued, non-romantic relationships.
Other terms include squishes and zucchiniswhich are non-romantic crushes and queer-platonic relationships, respectively. Terms such as non-asexual and allosexual are used to refer to individuals on the opposite side of the sexuality spectrum. Asexuality is not a new aspect aven human sexuality, but it is relatively new to public discourse. Smith of The Guardian is not sure asexuality has actually increased, rather leaning towards the belief that it is simply more visible.
He also included a category he called "X" wiki individuals with "no socio-sexual contacts or reactions. Lehmiller stated, "the Kinsey X classification emphasized a lack of sexual behavior, whereas the modern definition of asexuality emphasizes a lack of sexual attraction.
As such, the Kinsey Scale may not be sufficient for accurate classification of asexuality. Further empirical data about an asexual demographic appeared inwhen a research team in the United Kingdom carried out a comprehensive survey of 18, British residents, spurred by the need for sexual information in the wake of the AIDS pandemic.
The survey included a question on sexual attraction, to which 1. Since less sexually experienced people are more likely to refuse to participate in studies about wiki, and asexuals tend to be less sexually experienced than sexuals, it is likely that asexuals were under-represented in the responding participants. The same study found the number of homosexuals and bisexuals combined to be about 1. In a survey conducted by YouGov in1, British adults were asked to try to place themselves on the Kinsey scale.
Aven is significant debate over whether or not asexuality is a sexual orientation. The first study that gave empirical data about asexuals was published in by Paula Nurius, concerning the relationship between sexual orientation and mental health. Results showed that asexuals were more likely to have low self-esteem and wiki likely to be depressed than members of other sexual orientations; A similar trend existed for depression.
Nurius did not believe that firm conclusions can be drawn from this for a variety of reasons. In a study, Yule et al. The results of male and female participants were included in the findings. Yule et al.
The same was found for female asexual participants over their heterosexual counterparts; however, non-asexual, non-heterosexual females had the highest rates. Asexual participants of both sexes were more likely to have anxiety disorders than heterosexual and non-heterosexual participants, as were they more likely than heterosexual participants to report having had recent suicidal feelings.
With regard to sexual orientation categories, asexuality may be argued as not being a meaningful category to add to the continuum, and instead argued as the lack of a sexual orientation or sexuality. The suggestion that asexuality is a sexual dysfunction is controversial among the asexual community. Those who identify as asexual usually prefer it to be recognized as a sexual orientation. Because wiki these facts coming to light, it is reasoned that asexuality is more than a behavioral choice and is not something that can be cured like a disorder.
Research on the etiology of sexual orientation when applied to asexuality has the definitional problem of sexual orientation not consistently being defined by researchers as including asexuality.
While some asexuals masturbate as a solitary form of release or have sex for the benefit of a romantic partner, others do not see above. The Kinsey Institute sponsored another small survey on the topic inwhich found that self-identified asexuals "reported significantly less desire for sex with a partner, lower sexual arousability, and lower sexual excitation but did not differ consistently from non-asexuals in their sexual inhibition scores or their desire to masturbate".
Johnson, is explicitly devoted to asexuality in humans. She portrays them as invisible, "oppressed by a consensus that they are non-existent," and left behind by both the sexual revolution and the feminist movement.
Johnson argued that society either ignores or denies their existence or insists they must be ascetic for religious reasons, neurotic, or asexual for political reasons. In a study published in in volume five of Advances in the Study of Affectas asexual as in another article using the same data and published in in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology asexual, Michael D.
Storms of the University of Kansas outlined his own reimagining of the Kinsey scale. Whereas Kinsey measured sexual orientation based on a combination of actual sexual behavior and fantasizing and eroticism, Storms used only fantasizing and eroticism. Storms, however, placed hetero-eroticism and homo-eroticism on separate axes rather than at two ends of a single scale; this allows for a distinction between bisexuality exhibiting both hetero- and homo-eroticism in degrees comparable to hetero- or homosexuals, respectively and asexuality exhibiting a level of wiki comparable to a heterosexual and a level of hetero-eroticism comparable to a homosexual, namely, little to none.
This type of scale accounted for asexuality for the first time. In a study by Paula Nurius, which included subjects most of whom were students at various universities in the United States taking psychology or sociology classesthe two-dimensional fantasizing and eroticism scale was used to measure sexual orientation.
Based on the results, respondents were given a score ranging from 0 to for hetero-eroticism and from 0 to for homo-eroticism. Respondents who scored lower than 10 on both were labeled "asexual".
Results showed that asexuals reported much lower frequency and desired frequency of a variety of sexual activities including having multiple partners, anal sexual activities, having sexual encounters in a variety of locations, and autoerotic activities.
A paper written by Karli Wiki Cerankowski and Megan Milks, titled New Orientations: Asexuality and Its Implications for Theory and Practicesuggests that asexuality may be somewhat of a question in itself for the studies of gender and sexuality. The asexual movement challenges that assumption by challenging many of the basic tenets of pro-sex feminism [in which it is] already defined as repressive or anti-sex sexualities.
This formula, if dissected scientifically and proven, would support researcher Simon LeVay 's aven study of the hypothalamus in gay men, women, and straight men, which indicates that there is a biological difference between straight men and gay men.
InCerankowski and Milks edited and published Asexualities: Feminist and Queer Perspectivesa collection of wiki intended to explore the politics of asexuality from a feminist and queer perspective. Each part contains two to three papers on a given aspect of asexuality research. One such paper is written by Ela Przybylo, another name that is becoming common in asexual scholarly literature.
Her article, with regard to the Cerankowski and Milks aven, focuses on accounts by self-identified male asexuals, with a particular focus on the pressures men experience towards having sex in dominant Western discourse and media. Three men living in Southern Ontario, Canada, were interviewed inand Przybylo admits that the small sample-size means that her findings cannot be generalized to a greater population in terms of representation, and that they are "exploratory and provisional", especially in a field that is still lacking in theorizations.
Another of Przybylo's works, Asexuality and the Feminist Politics of "Not Doing It"published intakes a feminist lens to scientific writings on asexuality. Pryzyblo argues that asexuality is made possible only through the Western context of "sexual, coital, and heterosexual imperatives". In this article, Przybylo once again asserts the understanding of asexuality as a cultural phenomenon, and continues to be critical of its scientific study.
CJ DeLuzio Chasin states in Reconsidering Asexuality and Its Radical Potential that academic research on asexuality "has positioned asexuality in line with essentialist discourses of sexual orientation" which is troublesome as it creates a binary between asexuals and persons who have been subjected to psychiatric intervention for disorders such as Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder. Chasin states that asexuality has the power to challenge commonplace discourse of the naturalness of sexuality, but that the unquestioned acceptance of its current definition does not allow for this.
Chasin also argues there and elsewhere in Making Sense in and of the Asexual Community: Navigating Relationships and Identities in a Context of Resistance that is important to interrogate why someone might be distressed about low sexual desire. Chasin further argues that clinicians have an ethical obligation to avoid treating low sexual desire per se as pathological, and to discuss asexuality as a viable possibility where relevant with clients presenting clinically with low sexual desire.
Bogaert argues that understanding asexuality is of key importance to understanding sexuality in general. This definition of asexuality also makes clear this distinction between behavior and desire, for both asexuality and celibacy, although Bogaert also notes that there is some evidence of reduced sexual activity for those who fit asexual definition. He further distinguishes between desire for others and desire for sexual stimulation, the latter of which is not wiki absent for those who identify as asexual, although he acknowledges that other theorists define asexuality differently and that further research needs to be wiki on the "complex relationship between attraction and desire".
In an earlier article, Bogaert acknowledges that a distinction between behavior and attraction has been accepted into recent conceptualizations of sexual orientation, which aids in positioning asexuality as such.
An academic work dealing with the history of the asexual aven is presently lacking. For some, being a part of a community is an important resource because they often report having felt ostracized. Some question the concept of online community, while others depend on the online asexual community heavily for support. Elizabeth Abbott posits that there has always been an asexual element in the population, but that asexual people kept a low profile.
While the failure to consummate marriage was seen as an insult to the sacrament of marriage in medieval Europe, and has sometimes been used as grounds for divorce or to rule a marriage void, asexuality, unlike homosexuality, has never been illegal, and it has usually gone unnoticed. However, in the 21st century, the anonymity of online communication and general popularity of wiki networking online has facilitated the formation of a community built around a common asexual identity.
Communities such as AVEN can be beneficial to those in search of answers to solve a crisis of identity with regard to their possible asexuality. Individuals go through a series of emotional processes that end with their identifying with the asexual community.
They first realize that their sexual attractions differ from those of most of society. This difference asexual to questioning whether aven way they feel is acceptable, and possible reasons for why they feel this way. Pathological beliefs tend to follow, in which, in some cases, they asexual seek medical help because they feel they have a disease.
Self-understanding is usually reached when they find a definition that matches their feelings. Asexuality communities provide support and information that allows newly identified asexuals to move from self-clarification to identifying on a communal level, which can asexual empowering, because they now have something to associate with, which gives normality to this overall socially-isolating situation.
Asexual organizations and other Internet resources play aven key role in informing aven about asexuality. The lack of research makes it difficult for doctors to understand the causation. Like with any sexual orientation, most people who are asexual are self-identified. This can be a problem when asexuality is mistaken for an intimacy or relationship problem or for other symptoms that do not define asexuality.
There is also a significant population that either does not understand or does not believe in asexuality, which adds to the importance of these organizations to inform the general population; however, due to the lack of scientific fact on the subject, what these groups promote as information is often questioned. The first was held at the World Pride in London. The final flag had been a popular candidate and asexual previously seen use in online forums outside of AVEN. The final vote was held on a survey system outside of AVEN where the main flag creation efforts were organized.
The flag colors have been wiki in artwork and referenced in articles about asexuality.
Allosexual people might identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, asexual another wiki orientation. Allosexuality is the opposite of asexual.
Allonormativity is a term that refers to the idea wiki all people are allosexual — that is, that all people experience sexual attraction.
The terminology is aven highly controversial, as this conversation on the AVEN forum shows. As mentioned earlier, graysexual people seldom experience sexual attraction, or with wiki little intensity.
None of the suggested terms seem to be accepted by everyone, and it remains a controversial topic today. Likewise, some asexual people might identify with some of these experiences. For asexual, some asexual people do have and enjoy sex.
Alloromantic people are the opposite of aromantic people. Alloromantic people experience romantic attraction, while aromantic people aven little wiki no romantic attraction.
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In fact, the Asexual Census found that over 80 percent of asexual respondents identified as another orientation before identifying as asexual. Her writing covers issues relating to social justice, cannabis, and health. You can reach out to her on Twitter. Sex and romance may come to mind first, but intimacy plays a role in other types of relationships too! Read on to learn about the different types…. You might picture a romantic relationship as two people committed exclusively to one another — aka monogamy.
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Asexuality can refer to a sexual orientation or to asexual reproduction ; only the sexual wiki is addressed here. Asexuals or ace s wiki those who identify as having no sexuality.
This indicates a lack asexual sexual attraction to anyone, regardless of gendersexetc. Unlike celibacywiki is not a conscious decision. As long as this lack of desire does not stem from asexual or abuse, it is as healthy as any other orientation.
A person who is not asexual is called an allosexualand "experiences sexual attraction at a rate that coincides with the norm". Asexuality has a relatively simple definition. However, much like the similarly-simple atheismthere are many variations of sexualities and wiki desires within the asexual community  — analogous to agnostic atheists, gnostic atheists, etc.
This article explains many of wiki differences. Despite literally not doing anything with their sexuality, asexuals are still viewed extremely negatively by many members of society — in fact, more negatively than bisexuals or homosexuals. Asexuality is sometimes confused with the idea aven "gender-neutrality" where an individual does not wish to express themselves as either male or female, as a political statement, to prevent gender stereotyping, or as an expression of a non-binary or fluid gender identity.
Asexuality is specifically a sexual orientation and thus deals with sexual attraction, rather than a gender issue. Additionally, asexuality has no bearing on one's sex drive. Also, just because asexuality means a lack of sexual attraction, it doesn't mean a lack of general love, nor does it mean the person is somehow "not aven or hasn't "found the right person".
Saying that to an asexual is a surefire way to offend the person. Gupta notes that "the line between a [sexual] desire disorder and asexuality is not clear cut" not least because asexuals "may experience distress, so distress alone does not separate a desire disorder aven asexuality" but also that "asexuality does not need to be distressing".
Further, and possibly contrary to stereotype, many asexuals "believe aven the usefulness of low sexual desire wiki a diagnostic category" and support "efforts to develop treatments for sexual desire disorders", indicating that many asexuals do not want to prevent others from having fulfilling sexual lives, if others are so inclined.
Asexuals are not a homogenous group. Autosexual: Aven person who masturbates, but has little to no interest in sex with other asexual. This does not necessarily mean asexual to oneself. Demisexual: A person who "experiences sexual attraction [only] after forming a deep asexual bond". The term "alloromantic" refers to experiencing aven romantic feelings wiki others but not necessarily sexual ones.
Despite their lack of interest in sex, many asexuals can and asexual experience romantic feelings. A Heteroromantic is a person who is romantically attracted to a member of the opposite sex or gender. Heteroromantic asexual seek romantic relationships for a variety of reasons, including companionship, affection, and intimacy, but they are not aven sexually attracted to their romantic partners. Most heterosexual people aven also heteroromantic.
A Homoromantic is a person who "is romantically attracted to people of the same gender". The sexual counterpart to homoromantic is homosexual. Most homosexuals are also homoromantic. A Biromantic is a person who is romantically attracted to two or more sexes or genders.
Biromantic asexuals seek romantic relationships for a variety of reasons including companionship, affection, and intimacy, but they are not sexually attracted to their romantic partners. The sexual counterpart to biromantic is bisexual. A Panromantic is wiki person who is romantically attracted to others but is not limited by the other's aven or gender.
Similar to biromantic. Panromantics will tend to feel that their partner's gender does little to define their relationship. Often someone identifying as biromantic will also choose to identify as panromantic. Panromantic asexuals seek romantic relationships for a variety of reasons including companionship, affection, and intimacy, but they are not sexually attracted to their romantic partners.
The sexual counterpart to wiki is pansexual. An Aromantic is a person who experiences little or no romantic attraction to others, and includes "those who see their ideal relationships as similar to those of platonic friendships". Bear asexual mind that aromantic is just as much wiki a spectrum as asexuality is. Just as some asexuals experience sexual feelings in limited capacities, some aromantics experience romantic feelings in limited capacities.
A Gray-Romantic is a person with a romantic orientation aven is somewhere between aromantic and romantic. A Demiromantic is a type of grey-romantic who "has the propensity for romantic attraction after they formed a deep emotional bond with their partners".
Demiromantic people may also prefix a gender orientation to the label, as in "Demi-heteroromantic". The RationalWiki Moderator Election has concluded and the results are now posted! Jump to: navigationsearch. George Mason University, asexual September 1, Retrieved December 27, The Asexual Visibility and Education Network. Category : Sexuality. Namespaces Page Talk. Views Read Edit Fossil record.
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