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Perfectly_clueless
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I myself am hetrosexual , but I know a few people who are a-sexual. And iv never understood this term. It was explained to me , but not very well. I don't understand what it means. Any explainations?
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Heather
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Here's a link where I talk about asexuality: http://www.scarleteen.com/article/advice/am_i_asexual

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shannoncookies
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Asexual is a pretty broad term, but in essence what it means is that you just lack sexual attraction or desire. This can get a bit confusing because asexual people can have romantic feelings and relationships and do sometimes have sex. This isn't to be confused with people who realize sexual desires but choose to satisfy said desires themselves, i.e. masturbation.

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Heather
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Actually, shannon, you've got it backward per how most people (given, it's a small group, but) who ID as asexual describe themselves.

In other words, plenty of asexuals express that they DO feel sexual desire, but the common denominator is that most do not feel the desire to EXPRESS those feelings with someone else; do not desire sexual relationships or experiences with others. Plenty of asexual people masturbate.

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graffitionyourbody
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Well, there also are some azexual people who really do feel no sexual desire, like my friend.

Just adding my 2 cents.

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Heather
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There are some, for sure.

But it's more common for those who ID as asexual (especially older adults, not teens) to express that they feel desires, just no desire to do anything about it, or enact those desires with someone else.

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Charis
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May I direct you to AVEN, the Asexuality Visibility and Education Network? http://www.asexuality.org/home/
You might find the FAQ and reading the message boards to be help full to you.

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