Written by on August 18, 2017

Someone who does not experience sexual attraction.

FetLife BDSM Glossary Term: Asexual

A person who does not experience sexual attraction. Unlike celibacy, which people choose, asexuality is an intrinsic part of who they are. There is considerable diversity among the asexual community; each asexual person experiences things like relationships, attraction, and arousal somewhat differently. Asexuality does not make their lives any worse or any better, they just face a different set of challenges than most sexual people. Asexuality is distinct from celibacy or sexual abstinence, which are behaviours, while asexuality is generally considered to be a sexual orientation. Some asexuals do participate in some forms of sex, for a variety of reasons.

Kinkly Glossary Term: Asexuality

Kinkly Entry

Asexuality is a non-existent or extremely low level of sexual attraction or interest in sexual activity. It can be considered a lack of sexual orientation, an alternative to heterosexuality, an alternative to homosexuality, or an alternative to bisexuality.

Alfred Kinsey was one of the first researchers to recognize asexuality. When he found he could not accurately record the sexual attraction of some individuals on his Kinsey scale, he instead used a category called “X” to group individuals with “no socio-sexual contacts or reactions.”

Asexuality is sometimes called nonsexuality.

More Than Two Glossary Term: Asexual

One who has little or no desire for sex or sexuality.

Commentary: Asexuality should not be confused with lack of interest in romantic relationships. Asexuals can and do form romantic relationships, though those relationships may include little or no sex.

Planned Parenthood Term: Ace

Planned Parenthood Glossary

Short for asexual, meaning the sexual orientation, or spectrum of identities, associated with experiencing no sexual attraction towards anyone.

Wikipedia Term: Asexuality

Wikipedia Entry

Asexuality is the lack of sexual attraction to others or low or absent interest in or desire for sexual activity. It may be considered the lack of a sexual orientation, or one of the variations thereof, alongside heterosexuality, homosexuality and bisexuality. It may also be an umbrella term used to categorize a broader spectrum of various asexual sub-identities. (Gray Sexuality, Demisexuality)

Asexuality is distinct from abstention from sexual activity and from celibacy, which are behavioural and generally motivated by factors such as an individual’s personal or religious beliefs. Sexual orientation, unlike sexual behaviour, is believed to be “enduring”. Some asexual people engage in sexual activity despite lacking sexual attraction or a desire for sex, due to a variety of reasons, such as a desire to pleasure themselves or romantic partners, or a desire to have children.

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. While some researchers assert that asexuality is a sexual orientation, other researchers disagree.

Various asexual communities have started to form since the advent of the World Wide Web and social media. The most prolific and well-known of these communities is the Asexual Visibility and Education Network (AVEN), which was founded in 2001 by David Jay.

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