- Category: Asexuality 101
- Published on Thursday, 14 July 2011 12:22
- Written by Lara Landis
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Many people, including one Variety reporter, think there is a connection between Asexuality and Aspergers Syndrome. A lack of interest in sex or a lack of sexual attraction does not indicate that an individual is suffering from a condition. Asexuals do not develop sexual relationships because they do not feel the need to do so. Some of them are on the Autism spectrum, but many people on the spectrum are just as sexual as those who are neurotypical.
No scientific research exists to prove that there is a higher rate of Aspergers among Asexual individuals. Lori Brotto on Asexuality said that further study was needed in this area in a 2009 paper on Asexuality: a Mixed Methods approach. As with many other issues related to Asexuality and the scientific study of the process, caution is needed.
A higher incidence of Asexuality among people with Asperger's Syndrome is to be expected, An inability to perform relationships is listed as a symptom of for the conditions, according to Medscape.com. An inability to form relationships applies to all relationships, not just sexual ones.
The continued pathologization of Asexuality is not a tenable position. People still hold this viewpoint, in part because Asexuals are only beginning to challenge the notion. It is a notion that is deeply entrenched in medicine and psychiatry and will not change over night.
I think you have ASD(aspergers syndrome) confused with OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder)
People with aspergers are not repulsed by physical contact. We merely are not able to grasp the subtle nuances of when to touch and when not to.
We are for the most part what you would refer to as grey a or simply not able to find a willing partner.
You are able to have aspergers and be asexual.
I do not understand where you come up with your theory that people with aspergers can not have sexual attraction with people. If you are unable to form relation ships with people, what makes you more able to have sexual attraction.