Written by Cara. Originally published August 21, 2018 | Last updated March 21, 2023

Asexuality Mythbusting

We’ve all had those days where you just hate the idea of having sex.

Sometimes it’s because of stress, or your period, or just because you ate an ungodly amount of spaghetti and feel ready to explode.

You may have even heard people say things like ‘I’m so asexual right now’ or ‘I think I’ve turned asexual since my breakup’.

But real asexuality isn’t just a temporary lack of desire to have sex.

It’s actually more like a sexual orientation, so instead of perhaps being attracted to two genders (known as ‘bisexuality’), you’re attracted to no genders.

Asexuality is one of the most misunderstood sexual orientations, so let’s clear up some of the myths and misconceptions about it once and for all.

First of all, let’s define asexuality

Basically, if you don’t experience sexual attraction toward any gender or are disinterested in sex, you may be asexual.

An asexual person (also known as 'Ace') can still form romantic attachments to others because romantic orientation is different from sexual orientation; they’re just unlikely to feel sexual attraction toward them.

Simple, right?

Asexuality can also be thought of as a spectrum.

On that spectrum falls demisexuals (people who can only experience sexual attraction after they’ve formed an emotional connection with someone) and grey-asexuals, who rarely experience sexual attraction or have a low sex drive.

Let’s bust some myths about asexuality

If you’re an allosexual person (defined as a person who experiences sexual attraction) it can be kind of difficult to get your head around asexuality.

That’s why I’ve made a list of some common misconceptions about being asexual and explained why they’re misguided.

MYTH: Asexuals never have sex

While asexuals might not feel much desire to have sex and many are happy to live their lives without it, some still like to get it on.

The 2016 Asexual Census found that 15% of asexuals surveyed had experienced consensual sex, and their main reason was to please their partner, closely followed by wanting to show affection and romantic attraction.

Many asexuals may go their whole lives without having sex and find the idea disgusting – because sometimes, sex can be messy and seem a little strange – but this isn’t the case for everyone.

MYTH: Asexuals don’t masturbate

Michael Doré, organizer of the London asexuality conference, describes asexuality as being like a straight man stuck on a desert island with only other men – he may experience arousal and sexual pleasure, but it is not connected to the people around him.

One study by the University of British Columbia found that 56% of the 500+ asexuals surveyed masturbated at least monthly, although other research suggests that sexual arousal and orgasm function are lower for asexuals.

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MYTH: Asexuality is the same as celibacy

Celibacy is a choice – you can still be attracted to people, but you choose not to have sex.

Asexuality, on the other hand, is more like a sexual orientation – you don’t choose it but are born with it.

MYTH: Asexuality is a problem

If you’re asexual and you’re not unhappy about it, it’s not a problem at all.

However, if you’re a person who used to experience sexual desire for other people but no longer does, this could possibly be a symptom of a condition like anemia or depression.

Asexuality as a whole, though, isn’t a deficiency or a disorder.

Think about it this way – if most of your friends have foot fetishes and you don’t that doesn’t mean there’s something wrong with you, it just means you have different tastes.

MYTH: Asexuals can’t date allosexuals

Asexuals can have relationships with other asexuals or allosexuals or they may choose not to have romantic relationships at all.

Everyone is different, and there’s no right or wrong way to be asexual.

MYTH: Asexuals can’t be sensual

Though the terms are sometimes used interchangeably, sensuality and sexuality are not one in the same. Sensual touch - whether that be using hands or a pleasure object - invokes feel-good sensations without the inherent goal of building arousal.

Asexuals may engage in sensual touch with their partner(s) for intimacy or on their own to simply enjoy relaxing sensations as a form of self-care.

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So, let’s stop joking about being ‘asexual’ when we’re just not in the mood for sex – it only leads to misunderstandings of asexuality.

If you’re interested in finding out more, check out the Asexual Visibility and Education Network, home of the world’s largest online asexual community and some great resources.

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