What is an “Asexual” person?
An asexual person is someone who lacks sexual interest or has little to no drive for any type of sensual activity. Asexuality may be the result of a chemical or hormonal imbalance in the body, a person’s religious belief, personal perspectives or other influence. Many people who identify as asexual refer to their orientation as “ace,” which is similar to the uses of butch, bottom, or gimp.
Psychology & Background
Psychology argues that asexuality may be categorized as a sort of sexual disorder called Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (HDD). This is recognized as a major sexual orientation, similar to bisexuality, homosexuality, and heterosexuality.
In Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (also called Inhibited Sexual Desire), an individual feels very low levels of sexual desire. They are least receptive to erotic fantasies and triggers, making it difficult for them to establish desire towards individuals. This can lead to difficulty maintaining intimacy in a committed, exclusive relationship.
According to a study conducted by The Society for Women’s Health Research, around 1 in 10 women have HSDD. Anxiety, depression, complications in the thyroid, imbalance in neurotransmitters, issues and dilemmas encountered in previous relationships, can be contributing factors to asexuality. People who have previously had sexual desires but have lost them can also identify as asexual. It is also common for certain medications to inspire asexual tendencies as a side effect.
Psychology likewise explains that there are exceptions and variations in asexuality across different individuals. Some may not engage in sexual activities but still have the tendency to masturbate. In other cases, some asexuals engage in sexual intercourse to please their partners or to try and conceive a child.
In terms of the gender spectrum, asexuals have more freedom to identify themselves as either Bisexual, Gay or Straight.
Practicality/Do’s and Dont’s
While asexuality may be a behavioral aversion from sexual activity, it does not mean that people who are asexual lack emotional connections. Cultural understanding of and empathy towards ace identifying people is becoming increasingly common. Even if an asexual person does not crave sexual contact does not mean they do not engage in other forms of intimacy. Many asexual people still desire & engage in monogamous and non-monogamous relationships. Asexual people may even engage aspects of BDSM that are not necessarily sexual in nature.
Related Practices & Fetishes
As mentioned, asexuality is not limited to any particular gender identity or subculture. This means that, in the context of fetishes and sexual practices, there may likely be a tendency to engage in relationships that are either heterosexual, homesexual or both. For asexuals who still engage in coitus, they may also open themselves to varying levels of sexual stimulation, and this may include a possible participation in bondage play or purely romantic and erotic physical intimacy.
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