Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Word of the Gay: "Asexual"

"Asexuals" simply put do not experience any or much degree of sexual attraction. Some asexual's have some desire for aspects of sexuality while others have no desire to engage in intercourse whatsoever. Some asexuals do enjoy romantic relationships and identify as straight, gay, bisexual, or pansexual while others feel no need for affectional orientation.

10 comments:

bridgeout said...

Interesting... as all of the "word of the gay" entries are. Hmm...
Have you ever heard of "try-sexual"? That is what I called a friend of mine who would literally try ANYTHING sexually!

Queers United said...

lol i have heard of that, but i doubt how real that is, surely not everyone will try everything! there is a lot out there thats well uhm not very sexually appealing lol.

pretzelboy said...

I think that one of the biggest challenges that asexuality poses for the way that we conceptualize asexuality is that many asexuals do enjoy/are interested in things that people generally associate with sexuality (like forming romantic relationships.) But the fact that many asexuals enjoy them raised the question of whether the links between these things and sexuality is as necessary as is generally supposed.

Queers United said...

Pretzel - I think asexuals being romantic is a pretty simple concept if you ask me, but people seem to have a tough time wrapping their heads around the concept. Society does a good job ingraining the idea that somehow all relationships must be sexual. The fact is most of our relationships are non-sexual and that can include a loving partner.

eFeminate said...

*nods*

I'm asexual. I don't want to lose my virginity anytime soon, and I can't foresee any time that I actually would. I would love a romantic relationship that was like a best friendship, except with monogamy. Just two really close friends sharing their lives with one another.

T. R Xands said...

I admit, it's actually taken me a while to wrap my head around the very idea of asexuality...for a while, it was just something that to me--if I can be honest--was just "wrong" and weird in a way. But I've been doing better at understanding asexuality through a bit of research and mostly through blogs written for and by asexual people & getting their insights, and not subconsciously kinda looking down my nose at them.

Queers United said...

well t.r. its great that you are being open minded and challenging your former ideas.

pretzelboy said...

queersunited, I was reading your response to my comment and I realized that I had said, "I think that one of the biggest challenges that asexuality poses for the way that we conceptualize asexuality..." I had meant to say "biggest challenges that asexuality poses for the way we conceptualize sexuality." (Bangs head on desk.) I need to do a better job of proofreading comments.

I totally agree with what you're saying.

doazic said...

Well, if there are nymphomaniacs, logically there must also be asexuals.

Queers United said...

doazic - i never though of it that way, but, yes, opposite sides of the sexual spectrum.

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