Is Asexuality a Disorder?
No, asexuality is not a disorder, nor is it a medical condition. Asexuality is simply a sexual orientation. The reason why many view asexuality as a disorder is because asexuals show higher rates of psychological distress. This is often due to a lack of support. Asexuals’ desire to not have any sort of sexual contact is often misunderstood and, sadly, frowned upon.
Another misconception about asexuality is that having this sexual orientation is a sexual dysfunction. More often than not, when people are sexually attracted to asexual individuals, they think that they are not capable of having sex. But as a matter of fact, asexual people are capable of sexual arousal. It is just that they do not feel any kind of sexual desire.
Can Asexuals Still Have Healthy Relationships?
Yes, asexuals can still have healthy relationships with different kinds of people. We would like to reiterate once more that love is not bound merely by sexual activities. Love is so much more than that. It extends beyond the barriers of sex.
Everyone deserves healthy relationships, including asexuals. Asexuals have to ensure that there is clear communication in their relationships with others, be they platonic or sexual, so that these relationships remain healthy.
Common Misconceptions About Asexuals
Asexuals are not:
- in abstinence because of bad relationships
- in abstinence due to religious practices
- unable to find a partner
- suffering from a lack or loss of libido
- suffering from sexual dysfunction
- afraid of intimacy
Asexual individuals may: