Asexuality is one of the most underrepresented orientations in the LGBTQIA community. Some people even hesitate about whether or not to include it in the acronym — that's how invisible it is. Similar to many people, I didn’t know what asexuality was until one of my favorite influencers made a video with BuzzFeed talking about it. After watching that video, I felt like I was seen for the first time. As you can imagine, when you tell people you aren’t interested in sex or don’t have any desire, they think you’re out of your mind. At first I thought the same way, but after doing some research about asexuality, I realized that there’s nothing wrong with me, and it’s a completely valid orientation.
While it’s not going to be an easy road, I want to share 14 things I’m tired of hearing as an asexual person with the hope of making you think twice before saying what’s on the tip of your tongue. So let's get started!
1. “You just haven’t met the right person.”
2. “I can change your mind.”
3. “Do you masturbate?”
4. “You should just loosen up.”
5. “How do you know you don’t like sex if you’ve never had it?"
6. “You’ll never be a real woman.”
7. “Clearly you experienced trauma growing up.”
8. “Are you sure it isn’t your antidepressants?”
9. “If you don’t have sex, how do you know you’re compatible?”
10. “Asexuality isn’t LGBTQIA+.”
11. “They probably won’t date you because you’re ace.”
12. “How will you have kids?”
13. “Are you sure you’re not gay?”
14. “You’re missing out.”
It’s important to note that everyone’s experiences with asexuality are different and to take these phrases with a grain of salt. While I get annoyed by hearing these things, I’m usually more than happy to try to explain asexuality to those who are genuinely interested in being educated, as are many other members of the community. It’s never too late to speak out as a member of the ace community about your experiences and what you want people to know.
Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments!