Portraits of asexual people

Worth checking out: this photojournalism project about people who identify as asexual.

Barcelona-based photographer Laia Abril, whose work often focuses on gender and sexuality, shot a series of portraits of people who say they "feel no sexual attraction to others." They identify as asexual, and often face stigma and isolation because their orientation is seen by others as unhealthy or lacking. From the photographer's website:
Asexuals do not feel sexual attraction. Asexuals romantics might feel romance and platonic affection but not sexual desire. Asexuals aromantics feel neither. The first community of “out” asexuals coalesced in the early 21st century, but struggles to deal with prejudices similar to that levelled against other sexual minorities. Accused of disease or denial, many asexual now hope to increase visibility and knowledge of their sexuality. The project portrays and gives voice to a whole spectrum of this sexual orientation, aiming to shed some light on a little-known community and to create a visual-creative-informative platform that encourages engagement.
Really interesting work. [cnn.com, asexualsproject.com]

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  1. I don't think your suggestion would be consistent with the widely accepted nomenclature. The "-sexual" suffix is generally used to describe who you're attracted to, not who you are.

    Heterosexual: Sexually attracted to people of the opposite sex.
    Homosexual: Sexually attracted to people of the same sex.
    Bisexual: Sexually attracted to people of either sex.
    Pansexual: Sexually attracted to people of all sexes and gender identities.
    Asexual: Sexually attracted to no one.

  2. Well, I said I was being extraordinarily pedantic, and I'll prove it: the widely accepted nomenclature is wrong. smile

    That said, if we're going to match the extant forms, why not something like "absexual"? Asexual is already a biological term, is my chief complaint.

  3. That would just confuse the issue even more.

  4. Sorry, they only come in Dark Charcoal, Jet, or Pitch. smile

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