There’s this idea in I’ve noticed on certain blogs about being able to ‘pass’ as being straight. That is, when looking at someone, you don’t automatically come across as not cisgender or straight. Even though I’ve never been in a relationship, for years (and for some people, probably even now), most people have classed me as straight. Some bloggers who’ve talked about this have pointed out some privileges that come with that, but I want to focus for a moment on why it can become problematic.
The biggest problem for me is my reluctance to set the record straight (no pun intended), when the topic comes up. When I first realised I was asexual, for example, I was having dinner with two friends and Tge topic of dating and marriage came up. Whilst I did participate in the discussion and went along with it, I felt a bit out of place. And there’s been other times when the conversation has come up and I just went along with it again. In fact, the only times I have mentioned asexuality, the conversation was started by me, often out of the blue.
How do you bring up asexuality if your among a group of friends in those conversations? Is there anyone who does bring if up there and the or do you just go along with it like I usually do?
Sexual orientation and sexual preference are often talked about as different concepts. Sexual orientation is often defined as an innate attraction to people. People argue that it’s not a choice. However, sexual preference is often seen by both the gay and straight community as a choice. Don’t they generally go hand – in – hand. People who are straight most often prefer to have sexual relations with the opposite sex and the opposite for gay people? Of course, the group that this “sexual orientation = innate/ sexual preference = choice” argument would likely apply to people who are bisexual or those who, for one reason or another don’t fit the gay/ straight pidgeon holes.
Then again, are people who are bisexual or other orientation less likely to fall for people spontaneously? Do they deliberately think, ‘hmmmm, I’m going to fall for a woman today’? I doubt it. I have argued on here before that people should ALWAYS exercise choice in whether they have sex and with whom. But that is different to who you’re attracted to or (in the context of bisexuals and bi – romantics), how strongly you are attracted to a certain gender. Again, the main choice is if and how someone acts on those attractions. That applies to all orientations, including people who are asexual.
I suppose it may apply to people who bi – curious when they originally identify as straight (or gay). But then again, what about the biological and neurological processes that would take place? Are they simply a matter of choice? I remember back in high school (Year Ten onwards), no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t for the life of me experience attracted to others. No matter what I did, the thought of even dating guys made me uncomfortable (no offence to men out there). Sex has pretty much always been foreign to me. Did I “choose to be so indifferent to sex? I don’t think so. In fact, I would argue that at times I wish I felt the opposite. I wish I could get my act together, become straight and be “normal”. So my “preference sexually is ‘none’ because that’s how I’m oriented.
What do others think? Do you think sexual orientation and sexual preference go hand – in a- hand and are the same or different?