Asexuality: destroying all prejudices

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Way too many prejudices have been spread about asexuality, generally because of lack of information. This news article has been made for the sole purpose of - hopefully - eliminating them, and let everyone know what asexuality really is, and what it is not. It also aims to promote sites and links that can be useful to asexual people, to make them feel alright with themselves and part of a whole community.
What's asexuality? Asexual people are people who do not feel sexual attraction. This does not necessarily mean they are averse to sex, though: while most asexuals may prefer to not have it, some are just plain indifferent to it. Those who do choose to not have sex do not do so because of religious, moral or personal beliefs; they choose not to do it because of their lack of interest in it. But a complex matter such as asexuality could never be run out so easily, so let's precise a few, important things about asexual people and asexuality in general.



First and foremost, asexuality is NOT a pathology. And please do not mistake asexuality with being sexless. Sexless beings have, or have had, biological problems throughout their growth, which eventually led them not to develop their sexual organs in full. Asexuals are not like that - they are completely normal biologically speaking, and their only difference with the rest of the population is the lack of sexual attraction. Just like homosexuality, bisexuality and other sexual orientations, asexuality exists in the animal world as well. Researches have been made on sheep and muttons; by mixing them together in one same environment, it was observed that a small percentage of muttons (around 5%) didn't show any interest in sheep at all, while others tried approaching other muttons.
Also, as said before, asexuals DON'T fear the sexual act in itself. Most asexuals will obviously be against having sexual experiences themselves, but a few of them are just indifferent to it, and might even compromise with hypothetical sexual partners by satisfying their desire every now and then.
It IS possible for a person to be asexual and masturbate. Sexual attraction and libido are two different things. An asexual person may resort to self-eroticism for many different reasons: pleasure, stress relief, curiosity, getting sleep... this fact is unrelated to how the person themselves experiences sexual attraction towards other people.
Human sexuality isn't black and white, so there are mid-ways between sexual and asexual people. For instance, there may be people who only feel sexual attraction in very specific circumstances, or people who feel sexual attraction yet do not experience sexual desire, or even people who only want to experience some parts of sexuality and not others. We call them grey-A. A specific kind of grey-A people, called demisexuals, only experience sexual attraction after forming an emotional bond with a person, and only for the person (or people) they have formed said bond with.

asexual pride by jyoshikousei16

Asexuals CAN fall in love, and even marry. Not feeling any sexual interest toward anyone does not mean one cannot find any romantic interest in any other person. Asexuality in itself should be considered a sexual orientation like any other; and every individual has, alongside a sexual orientation, a romantic orientation, that may or may not match their sexual orientation. In this case: some asexuals are aromantic, meaning they do not feel romantic attraction toward people of any gender; others are heteroromantic, homoromantic, biromantic, transromantic, panromantic, or polyromantic just like the corresponding sexual people, except they still do not feel sexual attraction. Romantic (as in, non-aromantic) asexuals who are not willing to compromise and have sex with their partner may either choose to remain single, find an asexual partner, or find a sexual partner willing to give up sex for them.
The non-sexual nature of an asexual person's relationship does not make it any less affectionate and close. Asexual people can feel strong intimate ties as much as sexuals do, and go as far as marrying just like non-asexual couples. Click here to read an interview with Paul Cox, an asexual man now happily married to an asexual woman!

Asexual Love by jyoshikousei16

If you want more scientific information about asexuals and/or asexuality, please visit the Wikipedia page on asexuality. Do not expect it to be the ultimate source of knowledge, though: the implications of asexuality are much more socially and emotionally important, than scientifically.

If you are reading this article and you are asexual (or you think you might be), then the following links are for you!
AVEN: Asexual Visibility and Education Network official site - A worldwide resource for both asexual people and asexual people's friends and family. Contains a lot of useful information concerning asexuality, FAQs, tips and suggestions for the indecisive ones, to help them find out whether they are actually asexual or not.
Asexual sites and links - Lots of asexuality-related links of all kinds.
Asexuals and relationships - From AVEN's site, a section which is entirely dedicated to asexuals and some ways in which they develop relationships. Also includes FAQs for non-asexuals who are in a relationship with asexuals, or suspect to be so.
#Club-of-Aces at deviantART.com - Don't feel like leaving the cocoon yet? Fear not - part of the asexual community is on this site too!

A Very Ace Cake by Dreaming-of-Okains

So, to sum it all up...
If you are a sexual person, please do inform yourself before judging. Asexuals are neither "strange" nor abnormal, we all need affection and most of us are seeking a romantic relationship with someone. We're all humans and, just like sexuals, we want to be loved!
If you are an asexual person, then now you know you are not alone. Hang around on sites, forums and/or chatrooms. Chances are there are many more asexuals than you could ever think of, and not even so far away from where you live. Strong bonds have developed throughout the years between asexuals, even on online communities, and meetings are held periodically in various countries all over the world. Open up and do not be shy about your feelings, there will always be someone who will understand you, and perhaps even share your very life experience.

A final question for all of you: what's better than sex?

Asexual Pride by Emmasj




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Pics4RPs's avatar
Warning: Fake woke journal that is soooooo progressive and not true ^^ :^ ) Only libbies believe it, to everyone else, not so much.
Halkoopa's avatar
Oh yeah?
I'm so dang asexual that I don't even think I'm attractive whatsoever,let alone anyone who is part of the human race.


...So alright, I ain't that funny so,eh.
You guys get the point.
heavenriver's avatar
Aesthetics are a very personal thing :nod: I believe it's hard for people to be COMPLETELY ugly... but that doesn't mean they have to be "hot" either. Glad it's still of some use to someone, I really should rewrite this article properly since it's so old :XD:
EnforcerWolf's avatar
Exellence galore in this post. I was well impressed with the reporting and the description.
heavenriver's avatar
Thank you :) Glad it's helped so many people over the years!
EnforcerWolf's avatar
I can certainly see why!
AceAwareness's avatar
This is really cool :3
I may feature this in a journal someday to spread the word
heavenriver's avatar
Thanks, glad you like it!
InsetoSonhador's avatar
Games,who needs sex when you got games?
Unfortunately not anyone can have games.

But anything can be better than sex,even studying.
heavenriver's avatar
It's really all up to the person. What counts is that we all know and understand that even popular stuff (i.e.: sex) can be "eh" for some :)
JJoseph's avatar
What's better than sex?  Eating out.

Especially if it's at a Mongolian grill.

(That's the only pun I can think of without lying.)
heavenriver's avatar
Not sure if I got the pun, but I definitely agree with the overall concept. :P
2pBelarus's avatar
Thank You! I recently been questioning why I don't feel any sort of sexual attraction or romantic relationships with the same or opposite sex. Its like I'm indifferent, like I say someone is attractive or I may want to have sex but I can't seem to find the desire to want or pursue a romantic/sexual relationship with someone. Its upsetting that when I tell people that and they say: "You are too young to know yourself fully", "you're just scared of relationships", "you got to be lying, you had two boyfriends before" (which I did but I call them experiments) or they simply make me feel bad.
But who cares of you like sex and which gender?!
Sorry for the rant.
Thank you for this.:D (Big Grin) 
heavenriver's avatar
No problem at all! And hey, people tend to be nosy, it's no news. I'm glad you've sorted things out. :D Plus, having a partner of a certain sex doesn't say anything about your orientation; some gay people have been in straight relationships before, but that doesn't make them any less gay.
lupko1994's avatar
I consider myself an aromantic asexual (though I was heterosexual when I was younger), and let me just tell you how surprised most people are whenever they ask me if I have a boyfriend-when I say I don't have a boyfriend and that I'm asexual, people look at me as if I'm one of the seven wonders of the world! Really, is it so weird for a girl to be asexual? But then again, when I read articles about asexuality (like this one), it makes me happy to know that I'm not the only one who feels like this :-)
heavenriver's avatar
I suppose it's strange for most people because they haven't heard of it, whether it's a guy or a girl confessing their asexuality to them. I'm glad efforts are paying off, though! I hated not knowing anything and feeling alone, so I try my best nowadays to not make anyone else feel that way :)
ESuyazuo's avatar
I know this is old but Jesus Christ, I'm happy I'm not alone in this. Most of my friends call me a plant because of my sexual orientation. I can't say compliments to people because then there's always an asshole saying "Ohhhh?? What is this? I thought you were asexual. You liar." *sighs* Dear Lord, I'm glad I'm not alone.
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heavenriver's avatar
I know, right? That's how I felt when I first found out! I'm glad the article is still helping people out, even so many years after I wrote it. :nod:
ESuyazuo's avatar
Yes, that horrible feeling it makes you feel bad about yourself. Im happy that you wrote this, you have no idea of how good I feel when I see that theres others that share my sexual orientation. (Thanks for the llama!)
heavenriver's avatar
No problem :D As I said, the pleasure is mine!
Internetexplorer968's avatar
I agree a lot. I'm the 1000th comment. :' )
heavenriver's avatar
Hooray for hitting the fourth digit! :dummy:
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