Sources of intimacy

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The sources of intimacy model was created by David Jay in order to address a major disconnect between sexuals and asexuals. Sex is often conflated with intimacy, leading people to believe that asexuals have no sources of intimacy in their lives.

According to the model, there are three major sources of intimacy:

  • Relationships with partners
  • Relationships with communities
  • Relationship with self

Society tends to view romantic and sexual partners as the only valid source of intimacy, but some asexuals tend to view all these sources as equally valid, even if sex is not involved.

This model has been the subject of many presentations to sexual audiences, since its implications reach beyond the asexual community.

See also


"The Power of Talking about Intimacy"