Asexuality: I have no desire to experience sexual attraction and never have

Robin Dibben who is asexual

Twenty-four-year-old Robin Dibben doesn't experience sexual attraction.

"I just have no desire to do it, and never have," he says.

"The closest I've ever come to having sex, is when a guy invited me back to his for, what he described as a good time. My body repelled the idea, the whole thought turned me off rather than on."

Robin, who's from Yeovil, is one of the estimated 1% of UK people who identify as asexual.

Asexuality is described as an orientation, unlike celibacy which is a choice.

The Asexual Visibility and Education Network, an online hub for the asexual community, says that an asexual is someone who doesn't experience sexual attraction.

Robin explains he feels no sexual attraction to anyone.

You can have sex without love so why can't you have love without sex?
Robin Dibben

"Growing up I was never really worried about being asexual because I thought I would become interested when I met the right person.

"At 22 I hadn't kissed anyone, I wasn't getting turned on or aroused.

"When my peers starting saying they were having sex, I thought it was too young and it didn't sit comfortably with me.

"It's not that I can't - everything down there works perfectly fine.

"Flirting, kissing and pornography hold no fascination for me at all."

Robin with Thom and Steve who are in a "homo-romantic" relationship

Robin has started a podcast to help raise awareness for what it's like to be asexual.

What is asexuality?

    • Asexuals do not experience sexual attraction
    • Unlike celibacy, which people choose, asexuals say they are born that way
    • Asexual people have the same emotional needs as others but do not have sexual relationships
    • Some asexuals describe themselves as "ace" for short
    • An estimated 1% of British people are asexual

"There is a lack of education around asexuality and I have had people suggesting it's a phase. 'You haven't met the right person and you'll grow out of it.'

"I discovered an incredibly useful group, Asexuality Visibility and Education Network (Aven).

"Through the web forum, I met Thom and Steve. They identify as "homo-romantic". They have no sexual desire for each other.

"They simply enjoy the companionship.

"The three of us decided to launch a podcast about life as an asexual person, called Pieces of Ace, and we have a listener base from all over the world.

"I don't feel I'm missing out, and every Ace person will say the same thing, because it was never there in the first place.

"I am living life and embracing who I am."

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