The Asexual Visibility and Education Network (AVEN) is the world's largest online asexual community.
I spoke with three of their male members in order to find out more about asexuality, what it means, and how it impacts one’s life. The first thing he tells me is that he’s a little sceptical of what was said about Heath.
Additionally, conflating sexual function with sexual attraction can lead some men to erroneously rule out asexuality.
Men aren’t supposed to admit their feelings, especially when those feelings aren’t shared by others.
He says he gets the impression that the people making the claims had “heard the word asexuality but didn't really understand it” and instead use it as a term to describe a lifelong celibate. “It's important to distinguish asexuality from celibacy – a choice not to have sex,” he explains.
“Everyone has certain people they are not sexually attracted to.
The imposter was especially bewildered that a man as attractive as Mulder was not dating anyone and wasn't trying to sleep with his partner.
Heath, Lord Armstrong implied, never experienced bodily lust for another human being.
Outside of that little scene with Neville at the end of the last movie, we never actually saw her express any real interest in or attraction to anyone.
While Harry is an extremely unreliable and frequently clueless narrator, I like to think he would have noticed if she did.
While other sexualities are learning to be loud and proud about their identity, asexuals rarely get coverage or representation in mainstream society.
So, what is asexuality, and does Lord Armstrong's brief description do it justice?