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24-03-2012, 11:23 AM (This post was last modified: 24-03-2012 11:37 AM by Stardust.)
An Asexual Atheist
I am not sure where to post this, so mods, move this thread if need be.

I am asexual, which means that I do not experience sexual attraction. For those who have not heard of this term before, you can do research if the orientation intrigues you, or if you simply want more information.

For quite some time, I was uncomfortable with atheism, not because of its definition, but because of its seeming implications. You know how religious people often portray atheists: "They reject God because they want to have all the sex they want!". I perused a different forum where members supported their deconversions from Christianity, and I found that some of them had been sexually repressed by the religion. They reacted to the repression by moving in the opposite direction, developing a sexual myopia of sorts. I do believe that religion, when embraced to an extreme, can cause one to be sexually repressed. However, after my deconversion, I had absolutely no interest in sex, or romance, for that matter.

I am not here to defend my orientation. I am making an observation about what atheism can appear to imply--that an atheist is a sexually active individual.

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24-03-2012, 11:34 AM
RE: An Asexual Atheist
Asexuality is actually more common than most people think if they think of it at all.
After perusing a certain Christian forum it would seem they view us less as raging hardons looking to plug every hole that exists and more like evil incarnate.
I personally am not really that sexual but being a male who grew up surrounded by many other males who were extremely sexually orientated, my humor tends that way. Most of the time I view sex as something that needs doing. Not a chore but a need. Of course I enjoy it and I make sure my wife enjoys it for the entire forty seconds but I don't dwell on it like some guys do. I have a friend that is totally obsessed with having sex. When he's not having sex he looks at porn or goes to the strippers. Boring. And gross.
I don't get it as I'd much rather be intellectually stimulated than physically.
Not that I mind physical stimulus, it's just so temporary.
I'm not asexual though as I do get the urge all the time, I just take it for what it is I guess.

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24-03-2012, 11:44 AM (This post was last modified: 24-03-2012 03:31 PM by Bucky Ball.)
RE: The Asexual Atheist
(24-03-2012 11:23 AM)Stardust Wrote:  I am not sure where to post this, so mods, move this thread if need be.

I am asexual, which means that I do not experience sexual attraction. For those who have not heard of this term before, you can do research if the orientation intrigues you, or if you simply want more information.

For quite some time, I was uncomfortable with atheism, not because of its definition, but because of its seeming implications. You know how religious people often portray atheism: "They reject God because they want to have all the sex they want!" I perused a different forum where members supported their deconversions from Christianity, and I found that some of them had been sexually repressed by the religion. They reacted to the repression by moving in the opposite direction, developing a sexual myopia of sorts. I do believe that religion, when embraced to an extreme, can cause one to be sexually repressed. However, after my deconversion, I had absolutely no interest in sex, or romance, for that matter.

I am not here to defend my orientation. I am making an observation about what atheism can appear to imply--that an atheist is a sexually active individual.

Thoughts?

Love that signature. My thoughts EXACTLY.

Interesting topic. One of my best friends is asexual. He does experience an attraction, (actually that's not true, it's an "appreciation") which he describes as "aesthetic". He has NO desire AT all to have any sort of physical contact with anyone. He says "where does it get you" !! ?? (I have a suspicion that he actually might be autistic, but I'm not really sure what that really means). He does fit a lot of the old descriptors of Asperger's, (very smart, and socially inept). He hates crowds, and gets aggitated with loud noises. He likes "peace and quiet".

Anyway, it's only very recently, (relatively speaking), that most people are willing to state out loud they aren't believers, and in a lot of the places I go and interact, no one would say it today, even. The BS that morality arises from religion is crap. The origins of morality, and the need for a social structure have been endlessly diiscussed by anthropologists, and sociologists. I reject god because it's all crap, (which is easy to say, but after years of learning about the babble, and ancient history, and PHYSICS..there is no other position for me), and it has NOTHING to do with sex. Religion doesn't seem to be helpin them katolics keep it in their pants, now does it.

BTW smart people, how come I keep getting a "stack overflow at line 1822" message popping up here, starting yesterday ?

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24-03-2012, 11:46 AM
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BTW smart people, how come I keep getting a "stack overflow at line 1822" message popping up here, starting yesterday ?
I'm guessing it might have to do with the recent updating. Might be leftover trauma.

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24-03-2012, 12:05 PM
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I see sexuality and atheism as related as rocks and chocolate mousse. (there is that chocolate again.) In other words, what does one have to do with the other? Nothing.

Procreation is a base instinct of life forms, and really, we have enough people on this earth. Maybe you are one step ahead of the rest of us in evolution.

If you are happy, that's all that matters. People do more stupid things for sexual reasons than any other reason.

If you are unhappy, go see a doc. Probably it can be changed.

I love having gay male friends, because I like being able to relate to males without sexuality distorting things. So, on that level, I'd likely love being friends with you.

I am not knocking sex mind you, I am from the Hippie era and you all know what that meant, even if you weren't around back then. We had tons of fun.

Once married, I was monogamous and we had fun too. Recently widowed, I feel very asexual myself at this time.

Atheism has nothing to do with any of it.

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24-03-2012, 12:39 PM
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I was under the impression that asexual mean that something can reproduce by itself.........are you human?

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24-03-2012, 01:04 PM
 
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I think being asexual is fine and will give you the opportunity to do a lot more with your life than a lot of peole do. I've known people that were "alone" but were not lonely, and I hope that's how it is with you, if you are alone. When you think about it, even married people often are asexual especially in their elder years.
Good luck to you.
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24-03-2012, 01:11 PM
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Haha, I described myself as asexual in that definition (I split in half to reproduce, I never tell them how though). It has either meaning, it's either animals that reproduce by themselves (worms or cells) or a human with no sexual interest (there are varying degrees, some still have interest in relationships and still have sex, but really have no desire, some don't date at all, some just have relationships without sex entirely. But basically the interest in sex is absent).
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24-03-2012, 01:18 PM
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I always wondered, is asexual a sexual orientation or is to sexuality as atheism is to religion? Tongue

you sure you don't have some brain damage? I saw this House MD episode... Tongue

Can I use you as an example for those annoying theist? as I'm gay I get the atheism=sexual perversion all the time Sad

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24-03-2012, 01:20 PM
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I was asexual for years. But that's because I had the testosterone levels of a little girl. Now that I got the testosterone levels of a horny 20 yo stud again, I ain't asexual no more. Big Grin

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