Asexuality Is Not An Abstention But A Sexual Orientation

Being asexual in a society, where sex pervades through each and everything, can be difficult. The Asexual Visibility and Education Network called Aces and Aros has said that it is a kind of sexual orientation of human beings. In this stratum, people do not relate to the feeling of sexual attraction to the opposite sex, same-sex or outside of the gender binary. The asexual community states that some people might feel sexual attraction under some circumstances. However, their subconscious feeling will align with asexuality or the other orientation. Many individuals will have a hard time being sexually active. These individuals are called Aces.

These people can be identified as asexual, gray sexual or demisexual. Gray sexual people feel sexual desire rarely or only in specific conditions but without sex drive. Demisexual human beings will only experience sexual attraction if there is an emotional bond. Asexual people are different from those who do not want to have intimacy due to religious reasons or want to avoid pregnancy. They can be romantically involved with others. These individuals can build a deep emotional bond with other people. Besides, they might want to give in to a platonic relationship.

Society blames asexual people of not finding the right person but this is not the case. It is not correct to describe asexuality as a lack of sexual attraction to others. The venereal attraction is quite different from the sex drive. Some of the aces can engage in sexual activities for some time but most of the time they do not have the desire for intimacy. Asexual community makes 1 percent of the population, which is a widely cited figure. This community majorly consists of women. Many people do not come out in open with their orientation because they are afraid of the stigma attached to it. Not being able to relate to peers is the common sign of being asexual. The portrayal of intimacy in films is often disgusting for asexual people. Several mental health professionals still find asexuality as an outcome of mental illness and hormone therapy.