What Asexuals Want You To Know About Asexuality by N. Michelson
I sometimes see Christians who confuse asexuality with celibacy. They’re not the same thing.
- A look at a still very misunderstood orientation.
- While sexual orientations beyond heterosexuality, homosexuality and bisexuality are beginning to receive more attention and understanding from mainstream culture and the media, asexuality remains fairly misunderstood.
The Asexual Visibility And Education Network (AVEN) (Link): defines an asexual as “someone who does not experience sexual attraction” and notes that, “unlike celibacy, which people choose, asexuality is an intrinsic part of who [they] are.” On a recent episode of the (Link): HuffPost Love+Sex Podcast, co-hosts Carina Kolodny and Noah Michelson spoke with several asexuals about their lives, as well as Anthony Bogaert, the author of (Link): “Understanding Asexuality” and a professor of health sciences and psychology at Brock University.
Check out the podcast (below) to learn more about what life is like as an asexual, as well as some facts from Bogaert about what exactly asexuality is and isn’t.
- ….Asexuality is not a disorder:
- “From a medical health standpoint, there’s not much evidence that asexual people who self-identify as such are necessarily distressed by the lack of sexuality or lack of sexual interest or lack of sexual attraction to others. And therefore, that’s a main criterion that we should be using in thinking about when we’re thinking about [whether or not it is] some kind of mental or health disorder.”
- …As many as one percent of Americans are asexual: “The measures of attraction that I’m most familiar with, and work that I’ve done, indicate that perhaps as many as one percent or perhaps even more, are asexual. A number of (Link): studies have also suggested that one percent of people may indicate that they’ve never really felt sexual attraction for others.”There is a strong and growing online asexual community: For more information, visit (Link): AVEN.
(Link): Asexuality and Asexuals
(Link): Weak Argument Against Celibacy / Virginity / Sexual Purity by the Anti Sexual Purity Gestapo – Sexual Compatibility or Incompatibility – (ie, Taking Human Beings For Test Spins – Humans As Sexual Commodities) (Part 2)