While the general consensus is correct, the wild inaccuracies herein are alarming. Asexuality is not a physical deformity, not is it a loss of interest in sex. It's simply lack of sexual attraction.
A gay man may look at a reproductively ideal woman and feel no lust whatsoever. So too may a straight man look at an ideal man, or a straight woman an ideal woman or a gay woman an ideal man. The asexual feels this sort of sexual disinterest toward every population. For example, a straight woman may look at a picture of a shirtless Taylor Lautner and think, "I want to have sex with him." However asexual women like myself an Garofalo may think more along the lines of, "He looks cold. He should put on a sweater."
Of course, aces may have sex drives. Arousal is a physiological response, and one that may be confusing for asexual people with no sexual interest in any individual. But many aces have healthy sex lives that are focused on sensation and emotional bonding rather than on sexual attraction.
An asexual may also feel aesthetic attraction (an appreciation for the way someone looks,) sensual attraction (desire to cuddle, hold hands, nonsexually touch someone,) romantic attraction (desire to have a romantic relationship with someone,) etc. It's simply not coupled with sexual attraction!
Yes, people can be asexual, and not just Janeane Garofalo. Sir Isaac Newton, Nikola Tesla, Emilie Autumn, Tim Gunn and J.M Barrie, as well as millions of people walking around all normal-like today. It's estimated that between 1-2% of the world does not experience sexual attraction, correlating with asexual incidence in lower mammals, as well as Kinsey's "category X." Men are ace equally often as women. In fact, the leader of the asexuality visibility movement, David Jay, is a perfectly healthy man. I recommend visiting AVEN for a more comprehensive explanation of asexuality. I assure you, it's neither confusing, nor unheard of!
People can be heterosexual, bisexual, homosexual, and asexual. While it is certainly not the most common sexuality preference it can and does happen in the real world. Many may think that being asexual has to do with bad experiences or repression; and this can be a valid point. However, many people can be asexual without any bad experiences or repressions.
Janeane Garofalo claims to be asexual. This merely identifies her as someone who has lost interest in sex. I assume this is a much easier claim for women, than men. Men tend to be a bit more primal about such things. Thinking that sex is just no longer a consideration for a happy life is something that has been practiced in multiple religions around the world. It not only is possible, but is the source of celebate codes and vows all over the world.
Of course people vary in their sexual interest. Fluctuations in hormonal levels cause some of that, as does the presence of other passions and interests. People as they age often say that they have less interest in sex for its own sake than ever before and certainly a younger person could experience this earlier.
Looking at the definition of asexual i can very well ecompass the idea of a person losing entirely the appetite for sex. Either by emotional, mental or physical blocks this is a very real possibilty. However i will say that it is odd in the extreme to willingly decide to do this unless it's for religious reasons, then "odd" should be understood in the sense of "different".
Humans really can be asexual in that they don't have any sex parts whatsoever. Asexual literally means a life form that reproduces without sexual intercourse between males and females. Janeane Garofalo probably meant that she may not have biological sex parts as opposed to having female or male parts to reproduce.
Asexuality is as natural as sexuality. It's actually an evolutionary advantage in a world filled with people driven by their desire to copulate that often has negative impacts for them. Asexuals are inherently superior to non asexuals because the distraction that often occurs for those who feel sexual attraction doesn't occur with asexuals, Allowing them to process the world more deeply and make rational decisions not led by sexual desire.
Yes. Asexuality is an orientation just like heterosexuality. It is simply one side of a spectrum- and people who identify as asexual exist on the side of the spectrum that is less interested in sex. Just like how some people are crazy about broadway musicals while others are genuinely disinterested, There are people who love sex and people who are not interested by it. It’s a community, An orientation, A spectrum. It’s a thing.
You could see 10 people and not feel any attraction towards them. Now just expand that idea to everyone. There is no chemical reaction that makes you want to touch someone. You just see them as a person. This is different from the concept of being sex-repulsed or indifferent. Some people don't mind having sex but some people can't stand having sex.
Yes, I know because I am. I am also a biologist and could explain to you why asexual members exist in every sexual species (except we call it nonsexual, because the biologist's definition of asexual is that you can reproduce without sex...Like a nematode, or a bacteria, or fungus...Please someone change the popular terminology!). It is a lonely existence. Everyone thinks you are creepy and strange if you don't date. It's hard to relate to most people, because their lives revolve around it. You are often a 3rd wheel (or 5th wheel, or 7th...). Plus there's the whole fact that you feel like you are missing out on something awesome. Tell me why anyone would WANT to tell the world that you don't like sex?
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