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Sex ≠ Sexuality

In this bite-sized article, Freya Petterson outlines the nuances of the asexuality spectrum! 


Asexuality is defined as having ‘little to no sexual attraction’ to anyone. Sexual arousal is different to sexual attraction, however, and some asexual people still choose to have sex for reasons other than physical attraction. Even if you aren’t asexual though, you still might have complex feelings towards sex.


Here are some terms that should be helpful in navigating the relationship between sex and sexual attraction:




Sex Positive:

Even in the absence of sexual attraction, sex positive aces (asexuals) typically view sex as something favourable – perhaps as an avenue for releasing pent up energy or to be physically close to their partner.


Sex Neutral:

Aces who are sex neutral might feel indifferent towards sex. Without strong feelings either way, they might still choose to engage in sexual activity if it at any point feels important or worthwhile.


Sex Repulsed:

A lot of aces identify as being sex-repulsed, meaning that they feel unfavourably about sex. This doesn’t mean they think sex is morally wrong or bad per say, just that for them personally it would be incredibly unpleasant.


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