What is Asexual?

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The “ace” flag is pictured above.

Asexual (ace):

Not experiencing sexual attraction to other individuals.

“Ace” individuals do not experience sexual attraction to anyone, regardless of gender/sex. Ace individuals can still experience romantic attraction. However, some people are both ace and “aro” (aromantic).

Even if an ace individual is not attracted sexually to other people, or does not feel sexual attraction at all, they can still be physically pleasured by it. In addition, some ace individuals have sex to help in romantic relationships.

Ace individuals can have different types of sex-related feelings.

  • Sex-favorable: These individuals enjoy some aspects of sex, even if they don’t feel sexual attraction
  • Sex-neutral: These individuals have strong feelings about sex either way.
  • Sex-averse: These individuals don’t want to have sex, and find the thought of it unappealing.
  • Sex-repulsed: As the name suggests, these individuals don’t want to have sex, and find the thought repulsing.

History of Asexuality:

A short piece written in 1896 on sexuality had some similarities to asexuality, with the first true recognition in studies performed in 1948 and 1953. These studies, performed by Dr. Alfred Kinsey, contained a special response for people who felt no sexual attraction.

The first large-scale internet interaction of ace individuals is widely believed to be in the comment section of the article “My Life as an Amoeba,” written by Zoe O’Reilly in 1977.

See also: Aromantic

Sources: http://wiki.asexuality.org/Asexual_history