For as long as I can remember I’ve thought of myself as being strictly asexual but still seeking romantic relationships.
The idea didn’t make sense to me: so what if you never felt the urge to have sex?
This week, I’m doing the same with sexual orientations.
My series years ago didn’t mention some of the sexual orientations that are rapidly gaining recognition and descriptive language, and that anyone involved in a teen’s life has a good chance of hearing about; if not in relation to their teen, in relation to a peer.
It feels like a part of them, even if it’s a part of them that isn’t being recognized or discussed.
If someone does not desire sex, and it’s causing them distress and feels wrong, they may have hypoactive sexual desire disorder (which is not a commonly diagnosed disorder in teens, but is an important distinction.) Anyone can be asexual, but if someone has gone through sexual abuse or similar trauma in childhood, a lack of sexual desire may indicate other problems.