(Photo credit: Luke Bovard) Though asexuals (or "aces") are often seen as individuals who are devoid of sexual desire, incapable of sexual arousal and averse to interpersonal intimacy, both researchers and asexuals alike say these are largely misconceptions.
In a 2010 study, Brotto says she found evidence that asexual women have a similar genital response to stimuli as sexual women -- in other words, a comparable sexual arousal response.
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This is the third part of a six-part series on asexuality, in which we explore the history of the asexual movement, uncover current research on asexuality, debunk common misconceptions and discuss the challenges the asexual community faces.
And I’ve finally figured out why I can date people I don't initially find that physically attractive. Since I am demisexual, I do “not experience sexual attraction unless [I] form a strong emotional connection with someone.”The first time I read this, it made perfect sense.
All of my boyfriends had originally been my friends.
"There's nothing more to it." Luke Bovard, who studies applied math, says he's been "vaguely aware" of his asexuality since his early adolescence.