Ace for the Win

Asexuality can be defined as a lack of sexual attraction or irrelevance to sexual activity. Asexuality is considered a sexual orientation as well as an absence thereof. The term “asexual” appears also as an all-including set consisting of subsets of asexual sub-identities, such as demisexual, grey-A, queerplatonic, and many others. Asexual individuals may identify as cisgender, non-binary, transgender, or any other gender. Commonly seen among asexuals is the existence of romantic attraction (excluding sexual attraction) to other people. Many asexual people have romantic feelings for other people, go on dates, and have long and short-term romantic relationships. They don’t generally have an aversion to sex or depictions of sex — they simply don’t feel sexual attraction. A person does not become asexual because they have been rejected sexually. Such is a hurtful misconception. Some people realize they are asexual after one or more sexual experiences. Others know it from an early age. Prejudices against asexuality have found ground. Not to mention considering it as a mental disorder, a common falsely rooted belief is that people turn asexuals due to sexual abuse. However, like anyone else, an asexual orientation is not exclusively determined by a person’s history. Although these factors can shape part of a person’s identity, sexuality is not a choice.


Beril Esen