Asexuality is the lack of sexual attraction to others, or low or Asexualawarenessweek interest in or desire for sexual activity.
Asexuality is distinct from abstention from sexual activity and from celibacy  which are behavioral and generally Asexualawarenessweek by factors such as an individual's personal or religious beliefs.
Acceptance of asexuality as a sexual orientation and Asexualawarenessweek of scientific research is still relatively new, Asexualawarenessweek   Asexualawarenessweek a growing body of research from both sociological and psychological perspectives has begun to develop. Various asexual have started to form since the advent of the World Wide Web and social media.
The most prolific and well-known of these communities is the Asexual Visibility and Education Network, which was founded in by David Jay. Asexuality is sometimes called acewhile the community is sometimes called the ace communityby researchers or asexuals. The Asexual Visibility and Education Network defines an asexual as "someone who does not experience sexual attraction" and stated, "[a]nother small minority will think of themselves as asexual for a brief period of time while exploring and questioning their own sexuality" and that "[t]here is no litmus test to determine if someone is asexual.
If at any point someone finds the word asexual useful to describe "Asexualawarenessweek," we encourage them to use it for Asexualawarenessweek long as it makes sense to do so. Asexual people, though lacking sexual attraction to any gender, might engage in purely romantic relationships, while others might not. With regard to sexual activity in particular, the need or desire for masturbation is commonly referred to as sex drive by asexuals and they disassociate it from sexual attraction and being sexual; asexuals who masturbate generally consider it to be a normal product of the human body and not a sign of latent sexuality, and may not even find it pleasurable.
Many people who identify as asexual also identify with other These "Asexualawarenessweek" identities include how they define their gender and their romantic orientation.
Regarding romantic or emotional Asexualawarenessweek of sexual orientation or sexual identityfor example, asexuals may identify as Asexualawarenessweeklesbiangaybisexualqueer  or by the following terms to indicate that "Asexualawarenessweek" associate with the romantic, rather than sexual, aspects of sexual orientation: People may also identify as a gray-A such as a gray-romantic, demiromantic, demisexual or semisexual because they feel that they are between being Asexualawarenessweek and non-aromantic, or between asexuality and sexual attraction.
While the term gray-A may cover anyone who occasionally feels romantic or sexual attraction, demisexuals or semisexuals experience sexual attraction only as a secondary component, feeling sexual attraction once a reasonably stable or large emotional connection has been created. Other unique words and phrases used in the asexual community to Asexualawarenessweek identities Asexualawarenessweek relationships also exist. One term coined by individuals in the asexual community is friend-focusedwhich refers to highly valued, non-romantic relationships.
Other terms include squishes and zucchiniswhich are non-romantic crushes and queer-platonic Asexualawarenessweek, respectively. Terms such as non-asexual and allosexual are used to refer to individuals on the opposite side of the sexuality spectrum.
Asexuality is Asexualawarenessweek a new aspect of human sexuality, but it is relatively new to public discourse. Smith of Guardian is not sure asexuality has actually increased, rather leaning towards the belief that it is simply more visible.
He also Asexualawarenessweek a category he called "X" for individuals with "no socio-sexual contacts or reactions. Lehmiller stated, "the Kinsey X classification emphasized a lack of sexual behavior, whereas the modern definition of asexuality emphasizes a lack of sexual attraction. As such, the Kinsey Scale may not be sufficient for Asexualawarenessweek classification of asexuality.
Further empirical data about an asexual demographic appeared inAsexualawarenessweek a research team in the United Kingdom carried out a comprehensive survey of 18, British residents, spurred by the need for sexual information in the wake of the AIDS pandemic.
The survey Asexualawarenessweek a question on sexual attraction, to which 1. Since less sexually experienced people are more likely to refuse to "Asexualawarenessweek" in studies about sexuality, and asexuals tend to be less sexually experienced than sexuals, it is likely that asexuals were under-represented in the responding participants. The same study found the number of homosexuals and bisexuals combined to be about 1.
There is significant debate over whether or not asexuality is a sexual orientation.