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Asexuality and sexuality are not black and white; some people identify in the '''gray''' (spelled "'''grey'''" in some countries) area between them. People who identify as '''gray-A''' can include, but are not limited to those who:
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Sexuality is not black and white; some people identify in the '''gray''' (spelled "'''grey'''" in some countries) area between asexual and sexual. People who identify as '''gray-A''' can include, but are not limited to those who:
  
:* do not normally experience [[Attraction|Sexual Attraction|sexual attraction]], but do experience it sometimes
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:* do not normally experience [[Attraction|sexual attraction]], but do experience it sometimes
 
:* experience sexual attraction, but a low [[sex drive]]
 
:* experience sexual attraction, but a low [[sex drive]]
:* are technically [[sexual]], but feel that it's not an important part of their lives and don't identify with standard sexual culture
 
 
:* experience sexual attraction and drive, but not strongly enough to want to act on them
 
:* experience sexual attraction and drive, but not strongly enough to want to act on them
:* are [[functionally asexual]] and experience sexual feelings but do not engage in them
 
 
:* people who can enjoy and desire sex, but only under very limited and specific circumstances
 
:* people who can enjoy and desire sex, but only under very limited and specific circumstances
:* people who experience some parts of sexuality but not others, according to a theoretical model such as [[Rabger's model|Rabger's]][http://www.asexuality.org/en/index.php?showtopic=19379]
 
  
Some people choose to identify with the gray area, even though most [[AVENites]] would consider them asexual, because they prefer a narrower definition of asexuality than AVEN's. For example, an asexual with a sex drive who prefers the [[nonlibidoism|nonlibidoist]] definition of asexuality might identify as semisexual rather than asexual.
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Similarly, some people who might technically belong to the gray area choose to identify as asexual because it is easier to explain. For example, if someone has experienced sexual attraction on one or two brief, fleeting occasions in their life, they might prefer to call themselves asexual because it is not worth the bother of having to explain these one or two occasions to everyone who asks about their orientation.
  
Similarly, some people who might technically belong to the gray area choose to identify as asexual because it is easier to explain. For example, if someone has experienced sexual attraction on one or two brief, fleeting occasions in their life, they might prefer to call themselves asexual because it is not worth the bother of having to explain these one or two occasions to everyone who asks about their orientation.
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Gray-As may also append a gender orientation to the label, as in "Gray-heterosexual".
  
 
==Terms==
 
==Terms==
  
The most common term used to refer to the gray area is "gray-A". Other terms that have been used for the gray area include "hyposexual", "demisexual", "semisexual", "pseudosexual", "low sexual intensity", "low-key sexual", "soft sexual", "nearly sexual", "not quite sexual", "halfway sexual", "asexual-ish", "sexual-ish", "sexual but not very sexual", "almost sexual", "middling", and "gentle sexual".
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The most common term used to refer to the gray area is "gray-A". Other terms that have been used for the gray area include "hyposexual", "demisexual", "semisexual", "low sexual intensity", "asexual-ish" and "sexual-ish".
  
 
Some of these terms refer to specific parts of the gray area rather than the entire gray area.
 
Some of these terms refer to specific parts of the gray area rather than the entire gray area.
  
'''Hyposexual''' can be used as a catch-all term for the gray area, but in standard medical parlance the term refers to a sexual person with a low sex drive.[http://www.asexuality.org/en/index.php?showtopic=11822] This can be a lifelong condition or occur because of stress or changing hormone levels. Most professionals consider hyposexuality a sexual dysfunction, but on AVEN the consensus is that, like asexuality, it should not be treated as a disorder if it does not cause the hyposexual person any distress.
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'''[[Demisexual]]''' is used, generally, to describe people who only experience sexual attraction after first forming a strong emotional connection.<ref>{{cite AVEN|29621|Demi's}}</ref>
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==See also==
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* [[gray-romantic]]
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* [[demisexual]]
  
'''Demisexual''' has two closely related uses. It tends to be used by adherents to Rabger's model of sexuality, referring to people who experience secondary sexual attraction but not primary sexual attraction (however, it should be noted that Rabger's model defines asexuality as a lack of primary sexual desire rather than a lack of attraction). It is also used, more generally, to describe people who only experience sexual attraction to a single romantic partner.[http://www.asexuality.org/en/index.php?showtopic=29621]
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==External links==
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*[http://www.asexuality.org/en/index.php?/forum/72-the-gray-area/ AVEN's Gray Area]
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*[http://demigrace.forumotion.com/ Demi Grace] - a forum for demisexuals, grey-asexuals and allies
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*[http://demigray.tumblr.com/ Demi Gray] - advice for demisexuals and gray-asexuals
  
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==References==
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<references />
  
 
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{{Sexuality}}
[[Category:Related identities]][[Category:Orientations]]
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[[Category:Orientations]]

Latest revision as of 02:35, 27 August 2017

Sexuality is not black and white; some people identify in the gray (spelled "grey" in some countries) area between asexual and sexual. People who identify as gray-A can include, but are not limited to those who:

  • do not normally experience sexual attraction, but do experience it sometimes
  • experience sexual attraction, but a low sex drive
  • experience sexual attraction and drive, but not strongly enough to want to act on them
  • people who can enjoy and desire sex, but only under very limited and specific circumstances

Similarly, some people who might technically belong to the gray area choose to identify as asexual because it is easier to explain. For example, if someone has experienced sexual attraction on one or two brief, fleeting occasions in their life, they might prefer to call themselves asexual because it is not worth the bother of having to explain these one or two occasions to everyone who asks about their orientation.

Gray-As may also append a gender orientation to the label, as in "Gray-heterosexual".

Terms

The most common term used to refer to the gray area is "gray-A". Other terms that have been used for the gray area include "hyposexual", "demisexual", "semisexual", "low sexual intensity", "asexual-ish" and "sexual-ish".

Some of these terms refer to specific parts of the gray area rather than the entire gray area.

Demisexual is used, generally, to describe people who only experience sexual attraction after first forming a strong emotional connection.[1]

See also

External links

References

  1. Demi's - on AVEN Forums
Sexual orientation
Asexual · Bisexual · Demisexual · Grey-A · Heterosexual · Homosexual · Pansexual
Research
Kinsey scale · Storms' model · Asexual studies · Asexual behavior in non-human animals
Category:Orientation