Asexuals in the Modern World
Asexuality. According to the Oxford Online Dictionary, asexuality can be defined as the quality or characteristic of having no sexual feelings or desires.
The Asexuality Visibility and Eduction Network has refined this explanation, however, to include the following . . .
An asexual person does not experience sexual attraction – they are not drawn to people sexually and do not desire to act upon attraction to others in a sexual way. Unlike celibacy, which is a choice to abstain from sexual activity, asexuality is an intrinsic part of who we are, just like other sexual orientations. Asexuality does not make our lives any worse or better; we just face a different set of needs and challenges than most sexual people do. There is considerable diversity among the asexual community in the needs and experiences often associated with sexuality including relationships, attraction, and arousal.
As America becomes more and more accepting of sexual identities that are outside of the norm – bisexuality, homosexuality, transgender – gender and sexual identities outside of the norm are not only coming into the light, but they are also becoming more and more accepted.
But this is not true for asexuality. In a way; asexuality faces one of the same problems that atheists face; they are forced to not only explain, but also defend the idea of nothing; that is, the idea that they can not believe or do something.