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Someone who is asexual does not feel sexual attraction. So an
asexual person won't look at someone and think "wow, I'd like to get into
their pants!" Some asexuals may find a person aesthetically attractive, but
not sexually attractive. Asexuality is an orientation, not a behavioral choice
like celibacy or abstinence.
Some asexuals are repulsed by sex (or parts of sex), and others are
indifferent. Some asexuals may choose to have sex for various reasons
(such as curiosity, desire to please their partner, or because they enjoy the
Although many people think that all asexuals are opposed to the entire
idea of sex, many asexuals are extremely (safe and consensual) sex
positive -- they just aren't interested in having it themselves.
Asexuality is a spectrum, and every asexual person is different.
Someone may identify as gray-A if they are not strictly sexual or asexual.
People who are gray-A may only experience sexual attraction sometimes,
or the attraction might be very minimal. Demisexual people only
experience sexual attraction to people they are very emotionally close to
and they may or may not be in a romantic relationship with this person(s).
Demisexuality is an orientation, not a choice, and is not the same as a
person choosing not to have sex until they are in a committed relationship.
Some people are aromantic, meaning they do not feel romantic
attraction. Aromantic people are still capable of friendship and love, but
don't want to be in a romantic relationship. Some people have a romantic
orientation that is different from their sexual orientation. Some romantic
asexuals are heteroromantic, homoromantic, or biromantic. Just like
sexual attraction, romantic attraction is a spectrum, and some people
identify their romantic orientation to be gray or demiromantic. Because of
the blurriness of many people's romantic orientations, the asexual
community invented the word queerplatonic to refer to any sort of
relationship that is more than a friendship, but in which romantic attraction
is either not present or very minimal.
A common nickname for the entire asexual community is ace.
For more information on asexuality, visit www.asexuality.org