Let’s be honest — sex sells. It’s everywhere, and everyone seems to want it. But some people just aren’t in the market for it, myself included. If you find yourself in the same boat, you could very well be under the asexual umbrella. Asexuality is defined as lacking any sexual attraction for another person, and around one per cent of the world’s population identifies as such (though the actual number is thought to be higher). Asexuality is not a choice, which sets it apart from abstinence or celibacy, and thus it can be hard to identify; how can you know you lack sexual attraction when it was never there in the first place? Read on for common signs that you might be ace.
(Asexuality is a spectrum, so not all of these signs may apply to you, which is OK!)
You have no interest in intimacy
Lots of people who are asexual also identify as aromantic — called aroace — which means they don’t have romantic feelings, either. Some people are also sex-repulsed or sex-averse, meaning they find sex and sexual acts unappealing. Not every relationship has to be built around that kind of physical intimacy — and not everyone needs a relationship to be happy.