What is asexuality?

Asexuality is an umbrella term including people who experience little to no sexual attraction or desire. It is important to make the distinction between celibacy, abstinence and asexuality. When it comes to celibacy or abstinence, the person chooses not to have sexual relations. When it comes to asexuality, just like any other sexual orientation, it is not a choice. An asexual person can want to form a relationship with someone without needing sexual intercourse with their partner. Like any other sexual orientation, asexuality is lived differently from one person to another. Some asexual people will only feel sexual attraction after forming a strong emotional connection with someone, while others will never feel attraction or will feel disgusted towards sex.

 

Sources:

Asexualité-s (2013). Introduction à l’asexualité, http://asexualite.wordpress.com/introduction-a-lasexualite/ 

Lebuysson, Brigitte (2015). L’asexualité, qu’est-ce que c’est ?, http://www.madmoizelle.com/asexualite-temoignages-croises-165164

Dubuc, Dominique (2017). Les mots de la diversité liés au sexe, au genre et à l’orientation sexuelle. https://fneeq.qc.ca/wp-content/uploads/Glossaire-2017-08-14-corr.pdf

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