The Invisible Orientation: An Introduction to Asexuality by Julie Sondra Decker
Asexuality is a sexual orientation that is often misunderstood, ignored, or erased by mainstream society. Asexual people do not experience sexual attraction to anyone, but they may still have romantic, aesthetic, or sensual attraction to others. Asexual people may also have different levels of interest and comfort with sex, dating, and intimacy.
The Invisible Orientation: An Introduction to Asexuality is a book that aims to educate and inform readers about the diverse and complex spectrum of asexuality. Written by Julie Sondra Decker, an asexual author and activist, the book covers the basics of what asexuality is and isn't, explores the most common issues asexual people may face, provides some tips and resources for newly identified asexuals and their loved ones, and challenges some of the myths and stereotypes about asexuality.
The book is intended for anyone who wants to learn more about asexuality, whether they are asexual themselves, curious about their own orientation, friends or family of an asexual person, or professionals who work with asexual clients. The book is also a valuable resource for students and researchers who want to study asexuality from a scientific, historical, or cultural perspective.
The Invisible Orientation: An Introduction to Asexuality is available in paperback, hardcover, Kindle, and audiobook formats. You can download the PDF version of the book for free from this link. You can also visit the author's website here for more information and updates on her work.
One of the challenges that asexual people face is the lack of visibility and awareness of their orientation. Many people do not know what asexuality means, or they may have misconceptions or prejudices about it. Some people may even deny the existence or validity of asexuality, or try to change or cure asexual people. Asexual people may also struggle with internalized aphobia, which is the negative feelings or beliefs about oneself for being asexual.
However, asexual people are not alone. There are many online and offline spaces where asexual people can find support, information, and community. The Asexual Visibility and Education Network (AVEN) is one of the largest and oldest online platforms for asexual people and allies. It offers forums, chat rooms, FAQs, resources, and events for the ace community. AVEN also advocates for asexual rights and representation in media, academia, and society.
There are also other websites, blogs, podcasts, books, and organizations that cater to the diverse needs and interests of asexual people. Some examples are The Asexuality Blog, A OK Podcast, What's Your ACE Score, Aces & Aros, and The Ace and Aro Advocacy Project. Asexual people can also find local groups and meetups in their area through websites like Meetup.com or Facebook.
Asexuality is a valid and beautiful orientation that deserves respect and recognition. Asexual people are not broken or incomplete; they are whole and complete as they are. Asexual people can have fulfilling lives and relationships without sex, if they choose to. Asexual people are part of the LGBTQIA+ community and share the same struggles and joys as other queer people. Asexual people are not invisible; they are here and they matter. ec8f644aee