Asexuality: What It Is and What It Isn't

August 24, 2022


The lack of interest in sex can be puzzling or even alarming for those who are not familiar with it. Some people mistakenly believe that asexuals are unable to experience pleasure or that they are somehow damaged or incomplete. This could not be further from the truth. Asexuals can and do enjoy activities that are typically considered sexual, such as kissing, cuddling, and masturbation. They can also form romantic relationships, just like anyone else. Let's explore what asexuality is.

Asexual people are those who do not experience sexual attraction. For some people, this means they never feel any desire to have sex. For others, it might mean they only rarely feel sexually attracted to someone. Some asexual people do have sex, but it's not something they feel strongly drawn to or enjoy. For a long time, asexuality was seen as a mental disorder. In fact, up until 2001, asexuality was listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) as a form of hypoactive sexual desire disorder. Thankfully, that is no longer the case. Asexuality is now recognized as a valid sexual orientation.

There are many myths and misconceptions about asexuality. Some people believe that all asexual people are just really bad at sex or that they're repressed or damaged in some way. This isn't true at all! Asexual people are just as diverse as anyone else. Some are introverted while others are extroverted. Some are very creative while others are more analytical. And just like everyone else, asexual people come in all shapes and sizes. Despite being recognized as a valid sexual orientation, asexuality is still relatively unknown. This is partly because it's not something that most people talk about openly. Asexuality can be quite isolating, especially when you don't know anyone else who identifies as such. But thankfully, with the rise of the internet, it's become easier for asexual people to connect. There are now dozens of online communities where asexuals can share their experiences and learn from one another.

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