You might have heard of asexuality. In case you haven’t, a person who is asexual does not experience sexual attraction. It’s not the same as being abstinent or choosing celibacy: like any sexual orientation, it’s not about choice, is about being.

Although asexual people do not experience sexual attraction, they might experience romantic attraction. That is, they might not be interested in having sex and still be interested in having a romantic partnership. Consequently, some asexuals use terms such as gay, bi, lesbian, straight and queer in conjunction with asexual to describe the direction of their romantic attraction.

Then, there are asexuals who are aromantic. You can guess what that means: aromantic don’t experience romantic attraction, in other words, they are not interested in dating or marrying other people.

And it gets even more interesting: many asexuals engage in masturbation and partnered sexual activity as part of normal experience. Confused? You shouldn’t be. Whether it makes sense to you or not is irrelevant, just think that the sexuality spectrum is more diverse than you can foresee.

Asexuals are believed to represent 1% of the total population. Sadly, like other sexual minorities, asexuals were marginalized in several ways. That is why AVEN (Asexual Visibility and Education Network) plays such an important role in the realm of asexual activism and sense of community.

Being sex-positive means accepting and celebrating sexuality in all its forms and it definitely applies to asexuality!