What Does It Mean to Be Asexual?

“I realized I was asexual around the same time my peers seemed to realize that they were not,” the model Yasmin Benoit wrote in Teen Vogue . “Once the hormones kicked in, so did a nearly universal interest in sex for those around me. . . . I had no sexual desire towards other people, I did not experience sexual attraction, and that hasn’t changed.” One of Many Sexual Orientations Most of the time, when people discuss sexual orientation , they mention three options: heterosexual, homosexual, and bisexual. There is a growing awareness that sexuality is not that simple and that many other options exist along a spectrum. But even this more complex, nuanced way of framing things can exclude a wide range of other sexualities. A person on one far end of the spectrum is attracted solely to people who are of their own gender and feel no attraction to the other; a person on the far other end of the spectrum is attracted solely to people of the opposite gender and feels


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