What is asexuality?

Updated: Mar 29

Asexual: Someone who does not experience sexual attraction or an intrinsic desire to have sexual relationships (or the adjective describing a person as such).

(Definition from The Asexual Visibility and Education Network (AVEN)

When I run training workshops and I talk about sex and sexuality, I'm often shocked by how many counsellors have either not heard of asexuality or have swallowed negative and harmful myths about asexuality.

In my experience as a counsellor, talking about sex and sexuality is something in my experience I find a lot of clients want to talk about. So it feels very important that I'm clued up on asexuality.

I know how many clients have had difficult experiences in trying to explore their asexuality, to understand it and think about coming out as asexual.

Talking about asexuality can be challenging for many people, due to the hyper-sexualised society we live in. I want this to change. I want clients to feel safe to talk, and counsellors to feel clued up.

Keep reading if you feel you could learn more about asexuality.

Asexuality Awareness Week is the last full week of October.

I put together some great resources to help more counsellors and the wider public learn about asexuality.

Please help spread awareness about this sadly very often misunderstood orientation by sharing this blog about asexuality.

In this blog I list links to:

  • websites stacked with more free resources about asexuality