Asexuality and the Asexual Spectrum

 

Asexuality - the invisible orientation

Asexuality is a largely invisible sexual orientation that many don't realize is a valid identity option. Because of this, people may feel misunderstood around their sexuality, and often don't understand why. People on the asexual spectrum, which studies show may comprise about 1% of the population, experience sexual attraction and arousal differently than sexual people do.

 

Generally speaking, asexual-identified people do not experience sexual attraction. Like other identities, however, asexuality may be experienced along a spectrum, and may be fluid or changing throughout one's lifetime. Someone identified as asexual may or may not be open to or interested in sexual activity, and may or may not experience sexual attraction. Asexual identity can mean different things to different people.

 

Most importantly, asexuality is not a disorder. Bias in medical and therapeutic settings may lead to the assumption that someone identifying as asexual needs to be changed or fixed. While asexual people may face a different set of challenges, they have the same emotional needs as everybody else, are just as capable of forming intimate relationships, and are equally as functional and healthy as sexual people.

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