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    was reading a piece on this in the observer yesterday.

    now i know theres a diff between being celibate and being asexual, but i wonder if celibacy could be more of a lifestyle choice as a reaction to hypersexuality in the modern world.
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    You sure she didn't just, you know, not fancy you?
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    its possible lol
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    it was an interesting article.

    Also raises the q of what sexual desire actually is, given that it can be projected onto almost anything (ie anything can be a fetish). And so does being asexual mean lacking that ability or wish to project?

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    Didn't read the article but I've read about this before. Interesting, especially in the world we live in. Also seen interviews with people who say that they lost their sex-drive totally after a certain age. I find that interesting because they can compare the two states. They definitely seemed (or claimed to be) happier when their dick stopped telling them what to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baboon2004 View Post
    it was an interesting article.

    Also raises the q of what sexual desire actually is, given that it can be projected onto almost anything (ie anything can be a fetish). And so does being asexual mean lacking that ability or wish to project?
    I don't think asexuality can be reduced to a tendency not to fetishize. A fetish is the sexualisation of something that's not inherently sexual, isn't it? If you're just attracted to someone because, er, you find them attractive, that's not a fetish, as I understand the term.
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    Well you can fetishise things that are inherently sexual I think. Body parts or positions or whatever.

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    Well yeah but if you fancy someone just because you think they're hot that's different from being massively obsessed with feet (or even tits, or whatever). I don't think fetishism is a precondition for sexual attraction, anyway.
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    i used to find it funny when i was really into video games and reviewers would write about how sexy certain consoles were.

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    Yeah, I don't think fetishisation is necessarily a pre-condition for sexual attraction. I'm just saying that it's not the fetishised thing that creates a fetish but rather the way that it is treated. That's my understanding anyway.

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    I think I might be asexual.

    It is very funny though, because really I think the main problem that I struggle with is - what the hell actually is sex?

    I mean I love cuddling and snuggling and having make out sessions, I love bodies both mine and others.

    But I have no interest in busting a nut in a bitch.


    I think maybe I am not so much asexual as a lesbian woman trapped in a mans body.

    So that is my question for this thread:

    what actually is sex?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Tea View Post
    I don't think asexuality can be reduced to a tendency not to fetishize. A fetish is the sexualisation of something that's not inherently sexual, isn't it? If you're just attracted to someone because, er, you find them attractive, that's not a fetish, as I understand the term.
    well, the idea is that everything is open to be fetishised, that nothing is inherently sexual (or not inherently sexual, depending on how you look at it, i guess). not saying i know where i stand on this, but it's certainly a body of thought (as it were)...

    i always think of the derek and clive 'getting the horn' sketch when I have this conversation...

    in (some) psychotherapeutic terms sexual desire would be linked to cathecting an object/investing it with libidinal energy (not sure if i have the terms right), i think.

    and there's also the matter of why you find people attractive - it's so intensely subjective that it's bound up with lots of things in one's head. And how much finding 'typically attractive' people attractive because society deems them attractive and you've absorbed that throughout your life etc etc....
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    Quote Originally Posted by baboon2004 View Post
    well, the idea is that everything is a possible fetish, that nothing is inherently sexual (or not inherently sexual, depending on how you look at it, i guess).
    I think whoever said that might have been talking out of their (no doubt highly fetishised) ringpiece.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Tea View Post
    I think whoever said that might have been talking out of their (no doubt highly fetishised) ringpiece.
    why? there's nothing that sex is necessarily about, other than some kind of exercise of libidinal energy (insert any less wanky term you like). it's (obv) not definitively about procreation, it's not about anything you can pin down very easily (which is totally consistent with the fact that for a lot of people it represents the same/very similar things, or at least seems to).

    as slowtrain says, what is sex? very good question. Defining what it is/what is and what isn't 'natural' has of course been used in the past (and continues to be, obv) to very nefarious means.

    that's why i'm not sure what 'asexual' would exactly mean, or whether it's another way of telling people they're not 'normal'.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Tea View Post
    Well yeah but if you fancy someone just because you think they're hot that's different from being massively obsessed with feet (or even tits, or whatever). I don't think fetishism is a precondition for sexual attraction, anyway.
    why do you think they're hot? cos their nose is just the right distance from their mouth, and their eyes are just *this* far apart? or because their personality has this something you can't define, which does it for you but for soemone sitting next to you is completely not there?

    can't pretend i know the answer of course, but it's clear something is going on when one person finds another attractive, that is not just inexplicable 'magic'/is only expicable by 'because i just do'. Particularly when you don't know the person from Adam/Eve.

    Edit: Point being that this is just as much a fetish as anything else, in the sense that it's something unique(ish) to you that leads you to project your libido onto that.
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