What Does It Mean To Be Graysexual?
Graysexual is a sexual orientation that describes someone who experiences little or no sexual attraction to others of any gender. Some graysexuals are attracted only to themselves, while other graysexuals may experience romantic and/or emotional attraction towards others. There are many types of gray sexuality, but they all share some common characteristics:
The term “gray” refers to the fact that graysexuals do not have a clear definition of their own sexuality. Many graysexuals identify as heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, panromantic (both male and female), and even asexual.
Others may prefer to define themselves as agender or non-binary.
Asexuality is a sexual orientation characterized by lack of interest in sexual activity. A person with asexuality may or may not experience romantic attraction, though most agree that it is unlikely.
Panromanticism is the belief that one has multiple romantic and/or sexual partners throughout life. Panromantics believe that there are many possible relationships within their lives, each with its own pros and cons.
Graysexuals may never experience sexual attraction, which may or may not coincide with romantic attraction.
The graysexual community is a diverse one, but all believe in the right of choice and the freedom of information.
In the media and our society at large, graysexuals are often classified as “people who are gay but don’t know it yet.” This is not the case, as graysexuals do not have an interest in sexual activity.
Graysexuals do not have gender preferences. A graysexual individual might find themselves attracted to a specific person, regardless of their gender.
An increasing number of people are also identifying as non-binary or otherwise as a separate gender from the biological one. Graysexuality includes but is not limited to these groups.
The exact causes of graysexuality are not known at this time. Many scientists believe that the causes of graysexuality are hormonal, and often experiment to see what effects this has on otherwise heterosexual animals, but no studies have proven effective at this time.
Graysexuals are normal people with normal lives. They typically do not want to be defined by their lack of sexuality or gender, and experience little to no psychological effects from their sexual orientation.
Some graysexuals may feel that they do not fit in with the rest of the world, and are uncomfortable being defined by their orientation.
Because of the rise in support groups and safe spaces for asexuals, as well as the ongoing work of sexual scientists, graysexuality is becoming more common and better understood.The medical community has known for years that asexuality is separate from homosexuality and bisexuality.
In the past, a person who identified as asexual was considered to be psychologically damaged. Through extensive work and research, the medical community has been able to prove that asexuality exists, and is caused by several factors.
Asexuality manifests itself through several different ways. Some people feel no sexual attraction to anyone, while others only experience sexual attraction rarely.
Aromanticism is also common among asexuals, though not universal.
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