Leaving the Other Corner of the Closet: Shedding Light Towards Asexuality.

  • Mariam S. Faris Ponce Health Sciences University
  • Caleb Esteban, Ph.D. Ponce Health Sciences University
Keywords: asexuality, sexuality, minority, sexual orientation, diversity

Abstract

Human sexuality has been a topic of controversy and vicissitudes. We are just beginning to scratch the surface of understanding sexual diversity. Due to the significance sexuality has throughout the life cycle, it is of utmost importance to comprehend the different variations regarding sexual identity. Studies of sexual identity, specifically those focused on sexual orientation, have fixated on the presence of sexuality. As a result, there is a lack of awareness and general knowledge regarding asexuality. There is a need for education, not only for the public, but also for any health care professional who provides services to the community. So that every person can converse in a considerate and effective manner or in the case of health care professionals, when interacting with clients who do not identify as heterosexual, to guarantee the best possible experience in medical care. The aim of this short article is to introduce the concept of asexuality, to abound on its discussion in several areas of interest and to provide recommendations for clinical and investigative work. Recognizing that asexuality isn’t just black and white, there’s a gray area in between.

Author Biography

Caleb Esteban, Ph.D., Ponce Health Sciences University

Clinical Psychology Program, School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at Ponce Health Sciences University, PO BOX 7004, Ponce, Puerto Rico 00732-7004. email: cesteban@psm.edu

Published
2019-10-16