Asexuality is still a mystery to many

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Three-quarters of people can’t define asexuality, according to a survey. The poll asked British people how confident, if at all, they would be in defining asexuality. Of the 1,119 people questioned, 53% said they were confident in explaining the term. However, when they were put to the test 75´% were either wrong or did not know that asexual people do experience a sex drive.

An estimated 1% of the population are asexual. According to Stonewall, an asexual person is defined as someone who does not experience sexual attraction. However, there is a large amount of diversity among the asexual community, as there is among all groups under the queer umbrella.

Each asexual person experiences things like relationships, attraction and arousal differently and asexuality is a word that asexual people use to help identify and describe themselves.

What is asexuality?

According to the Asexual Visibility and Education Network (ASEN), asexuality is an intrinsic part of who a person is, like any other sexual orientation. The organisation describes an asexual person as someone who “does not experience sexual attraction”, meaning they are not drawn to people sexually and “do not desire to act upon attraction to others in a sexual way.”

A lack of information about asexuality means there are lots of misconceptions about it. AVEN (Asexuality Visibility and Education Network) explains: “Unlike celibacy, which is a choice, asexuality is a sexual orientation. Asexual people have the same emotional needs as everybody else and are just as capable of forming intimate relationships.”

Dr Michael Yates, clinical psychologist specialising in sexual health, said: “Sexual attraction is a motivation to engage in sexual activities with another person. It is possible to still have a sexual drive, but for that not to be directed at another person. For some asexual people, they may still have sexual feelings, they may masturbate, but that won’t be associated with fantasy or a desire to have sex with somebody else.”

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  1. Strange the article appears to appropriate sexuality under the queer umbrella when it includes all and any sexual preference.

    Saying asexuality is only between sex with another doesn’t ring true, since the whole point is about emotional sexual preference as opposed to physical and so someone whole masturbates is not asexual.

    There are many people who have few if any sexual partners and masturbate for a while range of reasons.

    There are also many people in relationships who no longer have physical sex but show their love and affection emotionally and loyally.

    Feel free to comment and ‘enlighten’ me.

  2. Funny, it often seems to me that half the population (i.e. women) don’t associate sex drive with a desire to have sex with another person.

  3. IF we are to believe any of this we must 1st believe there are those with noe sex drive nor desire, with no masturbating, so we can conclude such a thing as non-sex, or, a-sexuality, exists. 2nd, we must believe there are those who do masturbate but think of nothing but of the orgasm AND have no allure nor react from any human being, and so call them sex neutrals. The 1st is actually non sexual. The 2nd is neutral. —— Neither of such do say so. NEITHER need have any concern about any sex among others. Other than curiosity. Their associating with each other is some thing we can understand. —— WHY they might associate with sexuals, beyond curiosity, associate with such as we, this creepy does NOT understand. THIS creep does honestly say it is a creep. THEY seem creeps also. —— BLIND people might need to really super creep. —— Am not of understanding of these non social sexual asserts. Or, non socially sexual asserts. oh. OUR curiosity. Naturally.

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