The last decades have given visibility to forms of sexual orientation that do not have to perfectly match heterosexuality and allowed others who already knew each other, such as homosexuality, to normalize themselves socially. However, some sexual options, like pansexuality, remain quite unknown.
Asexuality, non-sexual orientation
However, it often seems that this openness to different sensitivities and sexual experiences is still insufficient, because the possibility that some people do not feel sexual desires is usually not anticipated.
What happens when we no longer speak of different sexual orientations, but of cases where there is no sexual orientation at all? When we refer to this we are talking about a phenomenon which has been called asexuality.
Neither ideology nor sexual orientation
An asexual person is simply a person who does not feel sexual desire or attraction. and that she therefore does not feel moved to have sex of any kind. Asexuality, counted and debated, is the persistent lack of sexual desire that is not motivated or fueled by entrenched religious or cultural habits. the celibacy moved for religious reasons, so that’s something else.
Asexuality cannot be considered a form of sexual orientation, as it consists precisely in the absence of such a preference, but neither is it an ideology that leads to sexual repression in a more or less aware. However, this does not mean that no group of asexual people have been associated with political ends, as has happened with LGBT groups.
It is now normal for men and women who identify as asexual to claim the need to build a world in which sexual desire is not something presupposed and in which it is not obligatory to have sex. sexual relations to receive social approval. To this end, there are communities like AVEN (Asexual Visibility and Education Network) which are responsible for giving voice to these people and disseminating knowledge and experiences on asexuality. AVEN, by the way, has over ten thousand registrants.
Although asexual people tend to want to be visible by joining forces collectively, asexuality itself is a phenomenon about which very little is known. There is very little research that addresses the issue directly or indirectly.
In fact, most studies are limited to surveys, such as the one that led to an article published in the Journal of Sex Research in which it is stated that around 1% of Britons could be asexual. Given the lack of information, there is no well-established theory that explains the basics of asexuality, why it occurs, and what types of people are most likely to be asexual.
And it also lacks sensitivity
Part of how this lack of information about asexuality, rather than science, is approached is profound ideological. For example, it is not uncommon to speak of asexuality as if it does not exist and is a fiction fueled by repressed people.
It is also common to be taken as a symptom of illnessAlthough there is no evidence to support such an opinion, and seeks to stigmatize certain types of people who do not experience sexuality like others (which has also happened historically with all LGBT groups).
Invisible sexual orientation
Other schools of thought tend to exaggerate the characteristics by which asexual people differ from others, as if it were practically a separate civilization with very concrete and stereotypical lifestyles and relationships with others. . Asexuals, however, they tend to emphasize not the differences but everything that characterizes them as humans. They claim to be people who are fully capable of having normal relationships with everyone and having intimate relationships, but not necessarily sex. It’s easy to imagine why they’re right: after all, believing that simply not having sexual desire means being socially isolated or must be irreparably caused by an illness is a good example of why groups like AVEN has so much work to do.
What is clear is that there is nothing wrong with not feeling sexual desire itself and there is no reason to pretend to fight against asexuality as if it were a disease. In any case, it is society as a whole which must fight so that all sensitivities are included.