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ASEXUAL: 

A PERSON WHO DOES NOT 
EXPERIENCE SEXUAL ATTRACTION 



Asexual people MAY: 

• want friendship and understanding 
just like everybody else 

• fall in love 

• experience arousal and orgasm 

• be of any age, gender or background 



Asexuality is NOT: 

• celibacy 

• androgyny 

• sexual repression or aversion 

• sexual dysfunction 

• loss of libido due to age or 
circumstance 

• fear of intimacy 

• the inability to find a partner 



AVEN 

THE ASEXUAL VISIBILITY AND 
EDUCATION NETWORK 

WWW.ASEXUALITY.ORG 

Since 2001, the Asexual Visibility and Education 
Network (AVFN) has worked to build an asexual 
community and to increase public understanding 
and acceptance of asexuality. The AVEN web site 
contains information on asexuality as well as an 
active online forum. 



WHAT IS ASEXUALITY? 

Simply put, asexuality is a sexual 
orientation describing people wto do not 
experience sexual attraction. This pamphlet is 
designed to provide some general information 
about the asexual orientation. Whether you think 
you might be asexual or know you are not, we 
hope this pamphlet will give you a better 
understanding of what asexuality means. 

IS ASEXUALITY THE SAME 
AS ABSTINENCE OR CELIBACY? 






HOW DOES ASEXUALITY 
RELATE TO OTHER IDENTITIES? 



No. Celibacy is a choice to abstain from 
sexual activity. Asexuality is not a choice, but 
rather a sexual orientation describing people who 
do not experience sexual attraction. While most 
asexuals do not form sexual relationships, some 
asexuals participate in sexual behavior for the 
pleasure of others. 



WHAT CAUSES ASEXUALITY? 

As with all other sexual orientations, the 
causes of asexuality are still unknown. White 
several studies have been done in recent years, 
they have mostly concerned the demographics of 
the asexual population. We hope that, as 
research about human sexuality continues to 
move forward, we will learn more about the 
nature of asexuality. 



CAN ASEXUAL 
PEOPLE FALL IN LOVE? 



Yes. Asexuals can experience romantic 
attraction without sexual attraction. Asexual 
people have the same range of emotional needs 
as everyone else, and vary widely in how they 
fulfill or express these needs. Some asexuals are 
happiest on their own or with a group of close 
friends, while others have a desire to date and 
seek long-term partners. 



WHAT DO ASEXUAL 
RELATIONSHIPS LOOK LIKE? 



Asexual relationships are based on 
elements that are also important for many sexual 
people, like understanding, commitment, trust, 
emotional intimacy, and communication. Physical 
intimacy may either be important or minimal in 
asexual relationships. Asexual people have few 
expectations about the way their relationships 
should work and often blur the lines between 
friendship and romance. 






Many asexuals can be emotionally and/or 
romantically attracted to other people and may 
further identify as straight, gay, lesbian, or bi. 
"Riere are also aromantic asexuals, who are not 
romantically attracted to anyone. Asexuals can 
also have any gender identity and may identify 
as male, female, transgender, androgynous, or 
any other variation. 



WHY DOES AWARENESS 
ABOUT ASEXUALITY MATTER? 



Sexuality is such an important aspect of 
our culture that people who don't relate to the 
heterosexual norm can feel inadequate or 
isolated. Because asexuals make up such a small 
percentage of society, they may feel they are 
alone. They, or their friends or family members, 
may believe they should be 'fixed' by a therapist 
or doctor. Awareness about asexuality helps 
people who don't experience sexual attraction 
feel comfortable with themselves and enables 
them to be open and honest without fear of 
alienation or misunderstanding. 



STILL HAVE UNANSWERED QUESTIONS? 



Please visit www.asexuallty.org for more 
information.