These people do not understand why every human being is so obsessed with sex
That was a rather strange family indeed. The young people were married for five years, but they never had sex with each other. They were not ashamed to talk about it: “Our relationship is purely platonic. We only kiss each other sometimes,” they said. Needless to mention that such a family arrangement seems to be more than just extremely strange to the majority of normal, healthy people. If someone stands up and says that he or she rejects the driving force of the basic instinct, such a person will inevitably be considered insane. There is a certain category of people, though, who do not have any sexual desires at all. They reject any connection of such a peculiarity with religion, beliefs or moral values too.
British scientists conducted a special research, trying to unveil the mystery of such a strange phenomenon. They came to a surprising conclusion: a new type of sexual minority was being formed in the up-to-date world – the asexuals. These people do not understand why every human being is so obsessed with sex. Furthermore, a British scientist said that the number of asexual and homosexual people was almost the same in the world. Asexual people are straight, if one may say so. If an asexual man falls in love with an asexual woman, for example, their relationship will be based on a purely emotional intimacy – there will be no physical intimacy at all. In addition, asexual people believe that their love is a lot stronger and deeper than the traditional love between the two sexes.
The majority of asexuals have friends of the opposite sex, with whom they can share all their interests and secrets and even contract marriages at times. Terri and Phill Barret from Portsmouth have been married for more than ten years. Terri met her would-be husband in 1992 and fell in love with him instantly. Terri says that she had a great aversion to sex, but she decided to practice it with Phil anyway in order to keep her man. The woman eventually made a decision to put an end to her physical torture and never have sex anymore. Terri and Phil got married in July of 1994, though.
Terri's husband turned out to be an asexual person as well: he did not have an uncontrollable wish to have sex every day, week, or even month. However, common people have sex not only to enjoy themselves, but to have children too. A female representative of the new type of sexual minority said that she would rather adopt a child instead of becoming a candidate for in vitro fertilization. The woman added that she would never agree to have sex with a man for the sake of pregnancy.
Doctors categorize the so-called “hypoactive sexual desire” as an ailment. It can be considered a disorder, unless it causes trouble to a patient. Asexuals, however, say that do not suffer from their sexual reluctance at all. They say that they are not impotent or shallow individuals: they simply do not want to have sex. “We do not perceive other people around us as sexual objects. We perceive them as personalities. We are absolutely normal people,” they say.
As a matter of fact, that is a doubtful statement to make. A dictionary of medical terms designates asexuality as the complete absence of sexual interest with adult people. The phenomenon can be caused with various neuroendocrine disorders, narcotic, sedative, soporific intoxication, brain and spinal cord diseases, genital hypoplasia, a state of depression, and so on and so forth. Asexuality can also be based on hidden and unconscious homosexual conception, masochist or sadistic inclinations. Doctors affirm, however, that the majority of modern asexuals do not suffer from any form of mental instability.
The number of asexual people is growing in the world today. French designer Philippe Starck said once that sexual attraction would soon vanish from Earth. It appears that we are now witnessing the start of this process. Asexual individuals say that they are the people of the future.