Asexuality is a term used to describe people who do not experience sexual attraction.
People who identify as asexual may experience other forms of attraction, such as emotional or romantic. This might be toward people of any gender identity, or to no one at all. Asexuality is not the same thing as celibacy — it's possible to have sex and still be asexual. It's also not the same thing as sexual dysfunction; someone can feel attracted to others but choose not act on that attraction for various reasons (e.g., they're married).
Some people think that everyone has some degree of sexual attraction towards others – even if you don't feel drawn by your own gender identity (which is called "heteroromantic" in this context), you might find yourself feeling sexually attracted towards another person regardless of their gender identity ("homoromantic"). There are many different ways we can describe our feelings about sexuality!Asexuality is a sexual orientation, as well as a romantic one. Asexual people can also feel romantic attraction toward others — they just don't experience sexual attraction. Romantic relationships are often referred to in terms of "aromantic" or "heteroromantic," meaning that the person only experiences romantic feelings towards their own gender identity (e.g., an aromantic woman would not be interested in dating another woman).
This may seem confusing at first, but it's similar to how we talk about sexuality and gender identity: someone who identifies as male might say that they're attracted exclusively to women (a heterosexual man), while someone who identifies as female might say that they're attracted exclusively to men (a lesbian).
What does this mean for my relationship?The same way you approach any other relationship! Some couples may decide not to have sex due to personal preference – some people simply aren't interested, while others find sex unappealing or even undesirable! Don't let your partner's lack of interest affect your perception of them; If there is no physical contact between two partners with whom each has expressed mutual affection/love/attraction then it could be described by many folks using words such as platonic love.
Some people think all forms of romance must involve some kind of physical interaction — but this isn't true at all! Even though our culture tends focus heavily on the importance sexually intimate relationships play in our lives when compared with friendships, it's possible to have a fulfilling romantic life without sex. If you're in a relationship with someone who identifies as asexual and you want them to be sexually intimate with you, try talking about your feelings together. If they'd like the same thing from you (i.e., for both of you not to feel sexual attraction), then it might make sense for each of your relationships with others be based on other kinds of intimacy — such as emotional or intellectual closeness!
It's also important that people don't pressure their partners into doing things that aren't comfortable for them; if one partner wants sex but the other doesn't, there are plenty ways they can still express affection and love without having physical contact!Asexuality is not celibacy – which means "not wanting" or "being unable." A person may choose celibacy because he/she feels no desire towards anyone else at all…..or because he/she is waiting until marriage before engaging in any kind sexual activity…or even just due to personal preference….but this does NOT mean an individual has NO interest whatsoever…it simply means she/he chooses not act upon those desires..and keep in mind many folks consider themselves “celibate” while still being married (in which case we would call these individuals “sexually inactive”).
It's also important that people don’t pressure their partners into doing things that aren't comfortable for them; if one person wants sex but another doesn’t, there are plenty ways they can still express affection and love without having sexual contact! What does this mean when I'm dating? You'll need time alone together so that each person can learn about what makes the other happy - whether through conversation or by watching how another responds physically during different activities. If one partner has never been touched before then touch will probably come slowly at first. You will need to take baby steps toward greater intimacy while being communicative along the way.