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Discovering Asexuality: Exploring the Asexual Flag and Its Colors

Discovering Asexuality: Exploring the Asexual Flag and Its Colors

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Sexual attraction can be described as having sexual feelings towards another person, with the intention to partake in physical relations with them. When we say asexual it means a person is unable to harbor sexual feelings for other people. 

Although asexuality like various other types of sexualities can be interpreted in various ways, it is mostly described to be an inability to find someone sexually appealing, and get sexually involved only when a predetermined motive has to be achieved, such as having children, or satisfying a partner, etc. 

Asexuality does not mean an absence of a sex drive. People, or aces as they like to call themselves, have a sex drive and are capable of experiencing their primal urges. It simply means different things for different people. People who identify as an ace also have an asexual flag that we are going to talk about shortly.

The Asexual Flag 

The aromantic asexual flag was created in 2010 as part of a month-long contest sponsored by AVEN, the network for asexual visibility and education. Members of diverse asexual communities participated in an online vote to determine the final design, which has four stripes. User “standup” of AVEN drew the winning artwork. The asexual pride flag came into existence since. 

The Asexual Flag 

Purple, gray, white, and black make up the flag’s four colors. Black is the color of asexuality. The color gray stands for demisexuality and gray asexuality. White denotes allies and collaborators. Purple is the color of community. These hues were selected since they are used in AVEN’s emblem.

This flag stands as a sign for all people who identify as asexuals, with nuances in their complicated emotions. It was created to allow this section of society to find support and protection under the banner of asexuality. They were allowed to feel and be themselves without the unnecessary judgment. 

Understanding Asexuality 

Asexuality is a highly misunderstood idea in society, partly due to the lack of discourse and awareness. The Trevor Project calls it spectrum and the people of this type cannot be hardbound with a definition. It can be interpreted and felt in different ways by different people. 

Understanding Asexuality 

Asexuality is not interchangeable with celibacy. Celibacy is a choice to not indulge in sexual activities, whereas asexuality does not include choice. It lacks attraction in and of itself. There is no involvement of the person in deciding whether they should participate in sexual activities or not. It’s a sheer absence of any interest at all. 

Misunderstood heavily, this type misses out on awareness as well as visibility. Most people are unaware of how it affects the individuals of this type. They end up being hurtful or outright offensive in their pursuit of understanding them. 

The Asexual flag

The Asexual flag

Meaning behind the colors featured in the flag: 

Black represents asexuality 

White stands for allosexuality (presence of some sexual attraction)

Gray represents the gray ace folks in the asexual spectrum

Purple stands for community, because the AVEN (Asexual Visibility and Education Network) website had a purple color scheme 

The asexual flag stands for the solidarity and awareness necessary for this section of the society that stays quite a bit in the dark. 

Flags, as we know it, are used largely by nations to express a sense of unity and brotherhood. It helps create an identity for the people who relate to it. Each flag has a certain history and meaning behind it. The flags for each type differ in that the colors denote a particular agenda that they have. 

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The Pansexual Flag

The asexual lesbian flag for instance has several shades of pink with white in the middle. The demisexual pride flag has the same colors as those of the ace pride flag with a different pattern denoting the key aspects or difference. The panromantic asexual flag has even more colors and a symbol to convey their essence through the same. 

Some FAQs Regarding Asexuality and Its Flag

What is Asexuality?

A type of sexual orientation that depicts any or all lack of sexual attraction and a genuine a absence of the need to have partnered sexual relations.

Are they incapable of experiencing romantic emotions?

-No. They are as diverse as any other person in their romantic emotions sans the sex. They are perfectly capable of loving another being. 

What can I do to help?

The best thing you can do for anyone is to give them space, time, your love and support. Listen to them when they speak up about. An immediate judgment is uncalled for. The more you listen, the better you understand. 

To Conclude…

The Asexual identity is clouded with misunderstanding, misinformation and social stigma. We need to have more empathy toward those who are different and lend a shoulder to those in need of it. For the asexual community to feel accepted, we need to understand who they are, their orientation, their political and social stances. 

The asexual flag stands for asexuality, allosexuality, gray ace, and community. Their color intonations give us enough reason to make ourselves increasingly aware about them and teach ourselves to lend an olive branch to them when they need one.

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