Asexuality is a sexual orientation that is often misunderstood and overlooked. A recent study by Greaves et al. found that 0.4% of participants identified as asexual, though those who wrote in other terms such as celibate or without sex were not included in this figure. When looking at the differences between asexuals and other sexual orientations, it was discovered that asexuals were more likely to be women and much less likely to identify as cisgender.
Compared to lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals, asexuals were more likely to be women, “with gender diversity” and from the Pacific Nations. Asexuals were also less likely than bisexuals to be cisgender, parents, or in a dating relationship. Interestingly, there were no differences between the groups in terms of age, ethnicity, religion, education or socioeconomic level. Despite the fact that asexuality is a valid sexual orientation, it is often overlooked and misunderstood by society.
This can lead to feelings of isolation and loneliness for those who identify as asexual. Additionally, there is still a lack of research on asexuality, which can make it difficult for individuals to find resources and support. Asexual individuals may also face discrimination from those who do not understand their orientation. This can lead to feelings of shame and guilt for those who identify as asexual. Additionally, it can be difficult for asexual individuals to find partners who are accepting of their orientation. It is important for society to recognize that asexuality is a valid sexual orientation and that those who identify as asexual deserve respect and understanding.
It is also important for individuals to educate themselves on asexuality so that they can better understand and support those who identify as asexual.