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Types of asexuality: different ways of living non-desire

Types of asexuality: different ways of living non-desire

April 20, 2024

In an age in which the acceptance of different forms of sexual orientation begins to win the game of intolerance, asexuality remains a relatively unknown phenomenon.

It is, fundamentally, the absence of sexual desire as a stable attribute in a person . It is not, then, a sexual dysfunction or a disorder that prevents the person from expressing their affection and their desire to know someone intimately. Simply, the sexual impulse does not occur, and this does not suppose any problem ... beyond those that can produce the incomprehension of the others.

This condition, while not a disease, is still seen as something strange, incomprehensible, or even something to distrust; and is that many people simply believe that asexuals do not exist, can not exist. Nothing could be further from the truth. Not only do asexual people exist, but there are also different types . Next we will see a classification of ways in which asexuality can be expressed.

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Types of asexuality

We must bear in mind that within what we understand as asexuality there are nuances, since there are different ways of living the lack of sexual desire. Here you can see a summary of the best known types of asexuality , although you should keep in mind that there is no official classification.

1. Arromantic asexuales

These are people who, in addition to not feeling sexual desire, do not experience romantic love for other people. This combination makes that do not have such a strong predisposition to be interested in someone in particular , but that does not mean that they have to be necessarily cold or distant, much less that they hate everyone or that they are psychopaths.

2. Romantic asexuales

As the name suggests, in this case the absence of sexual desire is combined with the possibility of feeling romantic attraction for other people .

It may be surprising that sexual desire and romantic interest can be separated, but this is the case, at least, in this type of asexuality. It is a revealing fact that also speaks to us about the nature of human relationships between people who do have some kind of sexual orientation: love and desire are two processes that surely work in parallel, not the same thing.

In turn, romantic asexuality can be divided into the following types:

Bromantic asexuals

In this case, there is the possibility of feeling romantic attraction towards people of either sex . It is not strange that there is this type of psychological and biological propensity, since by eliminating the sexual component, the body shapes that define each sex cease to mean something important, with which it is possible to develop the same attitudes and emotional ties towards anyone .

Homosexual asexuales

The romantic attraction is always oriented towards people of the same sex , although the lack of desire also occurs.

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Similar sexual orientations

There are some orientations with characteristics in common with asexuality. They are the following:

Gray Asexuality

In this case there is at least some sexual desire, although with a very low intensity, which makes it normally affect little to the way people behave who experience it For example, someone may feel attracted to someone when they see you recite a poem, but right after that interest goes out and leaves virtually no trace. His name tries to reflect that difference of "quantity" with respect to pure asexuality.


Demisexual people only feel sexual attraction with people for which you have previously come to feel a strong romantic interest . That is to say, it is a phenomenon that occurs from the basis that the infatuation has appeared.

What is not asexuality?

The fact that asexuality is the lack of desire can lead to confusion, among other things, because very few people make themselves known as asexual. It is easy to confuse this psychological and physiological predisposition with an ideology or a way of thinking, but it is not so.

For example, celibacy is not a type of asexuality . It is, in any case, a self-imposed, a commitment by which sexual activities are avoided for ethical or religious reasons.

There are also people who declare themselves anti-sexual . In this case something similar to what occurs in celibacy occurs: the person believes that sex is a bad thing, an element that corrupts things and that is problematic.Unlike what happens with celibacy, here the attitude towards sex not only serves to regulate one's behavior, but it is believed to be a general problem, of the entire population.

Both celibacy and antisexuality they are ideological positions which, in part, are voluntary and depend on the way in which each person interprets reality. In both cases it is possible to feel sexual desire.

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