From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Asexuality is a general term or self-designation for people who do not exhibit sexual attraction, or who otherwise find sexual behavior unappealing. There is debate as to whether this is a sexual dysfunction or a sexual orientation. Furthermore, there is disagreement over the exact definition of the word. The term is sometimes used as a gender identity by those who believe their lack of sexual attraction places them outside the traditional definitions of gender. There has been little research done on asexuality, but those studies that have been conducted suggest that, if it is a sexual orientation, it is among the least common.
- Androgyny: the mixing of masculine and feminine characteristics, personality, fashion, or culture
- Antisexualism: the views of someone who is antagonistic towards sexuality
- Affectional orientation: alternative views on attraction not based on sexuality, but more on purely romantic relationships
- Erotophobia: psychological fear of sexual intercourse and sexual feelings in general
- Genophobia: the fear of sexual intercourse
- Hypersexuality: extremely frequent or suddenly increased sexual urges or sexual activity.
- Platonic love: a nonsexual affectionate relationship
- Sexless marriage: a marriage in which little or no sex is performed throughout the marriage
- Sexual anorexia: a term used to describe a loss of "appetite" for romantic-sexual interaction.