Whether you never feel attraction, very rarely, or only once you emotionally bond with a person. The asexual spectrum has many different microlabels to help you find your specific place within the community. Here’s our list from Ace to Z!
The asexual spectrum
There are quite a few asexual identities and microlabels within the asexual spectrum. For many people it can be a helpful way of discovering who they are, and where they belong within the asexual spectrum. Below you’ll find a list of these different identities and microlabels. Scroll to the bottom to find people just like yourself and meet your asexual community.
Some identities in the asexual spectrum are common, such as asexual, demisexual and graysexual. Other identities are less heard of. We list the identities and microlabels below. Click on them to learn more about them. The labels that fall under the umbrella but can’t stand on their own and must be used in addition to another identity, can be found under the microlabel section.
One of the sexual orientations on the asexual spectrum is called aceflux. When your sexual orientation changes but generally stays on the asexual spectrum, you could be aceflux. If you feel like you’re on different sides of the spectrum at different times, this might be the one for you. Some people who consider themselves to be aceflux, have said to even feel allosexual at times.
Acespike is an asexual orientation on the asexual spectrum. This identity is for those who usually don’t feel sexual attraction. However, on occasion have rare, sudden, and intense spikes of sexual attraction that last for a very short amount of time. After this they return, just as quickly, to asexuality.
Aegosexual is also (previously) known as autochorissexual. This label describes people on the asexual spectrum who have a disconnection between themself and the subject of arousal. This means you may have sexual fantasies or watch/read erotic content. You may also masturbate. But you feel little to no sexual attraction and usually don’t desire to have sex with others.
Examples of this could be fantasizing about sex without it involving you. Watching others have sex or fantasize about celebrities or fictional characters. Alternatively the fantasies are made highly unrealistic, as adding realistic elements would make it less/not appealing.
Someone who is on the asexual spectrum and is also sex-aversed (or sex-repulsed) is called an apothisexual. They are averse to the idea of engaging in sexual activities themselves but are okay with sexual activities that do not involve them directly. Others may be repulsed by the idea of sex all together.
Sex-repulsion does not mean someone is against people having sex. It simply indicates that someone finds sex and sexual activities disgusting. This is a singular feeling of oneself with sex. This means that – usually – apothisexuals do not mind what others are doing, as long as it does not involve/impacts them.
Asexuals do not experience sexual attraction and or sexual desire. Some people might confuse this with celibacy, however it is not the same. As celibacy is a choice, where as being asexual is not. You might also see the word ‘ace’ a lot when you search for asexuality. Ace is a (phonetic) shorter term for asexual.
For those who would like to know more about this asexual identity, we recommend reading our article ‘Am I asexual?’.
Bellussexual is on the asexual spectrum as a microlabel. It describes people who have interest in certain (aspects of) sexual actions, and/or the aesthetic of a sexual relationship. However, they do not feel sexual attraction and do not want a sexual relationship.
Caedsexual is also known as caedosexual and is a microlabel under the asexual spectrum. A caedsexual is someone who feels they were allosexual at some point in their life but are now asexual due to past trauma. Needless to say, the label caedsexual should only be used by trauma survivors and those with PTSD.
Cupiosexual / Kalossexual
Cupiosexual is also (previously) known as kalossexual. This is a microlabel on the asexual spectrum for those who do not experience sexual attraction, yet desire a sexual relationship. Cupiosexuals are commonly sex-favorable.
An example of this microlabel could be a demisexual who may date someone on the assumption of experiencing sexual attraction later on when they establish a strong emotional bond. Another example could be a fraysexual who continues to date someone after losing the initial sexual attraction.
A demisexual is someone who experiences sexual attraction only after establishing a close emotional and/or romantic bond with another. This should not be mixed up with ‘deciding not to have sex until knowing someone better’. Demisexuality is not a choice. They cannot feel any sexual attraction before a close connection is formed.
For those who would like to know more about this identity, we recommend reading our article ‘Am I demisexual?’.
A fictosexual falls under the asexual umbrella as they do not experience sexual attraction to (real life) people. Fictosexual is a term used for people who experience sexual attraction exclusively towards fictional characters. Or, alternatively, whose sexuality is influenced by fictional characters.
Fictosexuals are also known as fictisexuals, fictiosexuals, fictonsexuals, fictionsexuals or fictionalsexuals.
Another identity on the asexual spectrum is a fraysexual, and is also known as ignotasexual. They feel sexual attraction at first, but lose this attraction once they get to know the other person and form a deep bond.
Fraysexuals can be seen as the opposite of demisexuals, as they do not feel sexual attraction until after an emotional bond is formed.
Graysexuals (or greysexuals) experience sexual attraction infrequently. Some graysexuals will only experience sexual attraction only once or twice in their life. Others might experience this more often, but in general still not nearly as frequent as an allosexual.
Akoisexual, also known as lithosexual, is a sexual orientation on the asexual spectrum. Some consider this label to be leaning more towards the greysexual identity than asexual. This is because akoisexual may experience sexual attraction. However they do not want this reciprocated. An akoisexual person may be uncomfortable at the thought of someone being sexually attracted to them, or they may loose their sexual feelings if they learn it’s reciprocated. As such, lithosexuals do not feel compelled to seek out a sexual relationship and are considered to fall on the asexual spectrum.
Someone who identifies as myrsexual is on the asexual spectrum but might feel confused as to where exactly as they can experience multiple asexual identities at once. They can also rapidly fluctuate.
For example someone who considers themself to be both demisexual as well as graysexual. Or fictosexual as well as graysexual. It can often be confusing for people which is why myrsexual can be a more comfortable label to identify with.
Quoisexual is also an asexual identity on the asexual spectrum, and describes people who don’t relate and/or understand experiences or concepts of sexual attraction and orientation. Differently put, a quoisexual is someone who is unsure of what sexual attraction is and/or is unsure if they experience sexual attraction.
Someone who does not experience sexual attraction until they know that the other person is sexually attracted to them first. The prefix recipro- comes from the word reciprocate or reciprocal.
A reciprosexual is also called a recipsexual and falls under the asexual umbrella.
Someone who has very limited or no sexual attraction and interest due to some form of emotional exhaustion, is called a requissexual (or requiessexual). The reason of emotional exhaust may have many reasons such as past experiences dealing with sex or other emotionally draining reasons.
Requissexual is different from the asexual label, as one would be asexual because of emotional exhausting events. Opposed to your asexuality being inherent to you. Nonetheless do both fall under the asexual spectrum.
Find others on the asexual spectrum
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