What is Asexuality?
Asexuality is a sexual orientation in which people experience little or no sexual attraction. They have the same emotional needs as other people and can still desire other forms of intimacy but they do not experience the same sexual needs. This lack of sexual interest is something that is consistent over a person’s lifespan. Someone who has experienced sexual desire in the past but has felt a significant decrease would not be asexual. Their loss of sexual interest would be for another reason. Asexuality is an orientation that remains fairly consistent throughout someone’s life.
So do asexual people have normal relationships? The truth is that some people who identify as asexual are happier on their own and don’t feel the need for other forms of intimacy either. Others prefer to build a strong network of close friends instead. As with other parts of sexuality, there is a large range of how much people who identify as asexual will want to connect with others and in what ways. Each person will have to choose that level for themselves and it will vary from person to person. It is not a black and white binary but more of a spectrum.
People who are asexual are perfectly normal. They are not sick. They are not broken. There is nothing wrong with them. They are just as capable of forming meaningful relationships and friendships as anyone else. They simply experience less sexual desire (or none at all). People who are asexual can still have fulfilling romantic relationships. Being asexual is not an inability to experience sexual pleasure or function sexually. They just tend to experience no, or only very minimal, sexual attraction to others overall.