For the asexually curious and the curiously asexual

Dead inside

Ok, so I now have some sort of reasonably stable rountine. Seriously. It remains to be seen how long it’ll last.

So I’ve resolved to post something on this blog every single Tuesday. If I’m busy or forget on Tuesday, then Wednesdays. Basically, I have no excuse not to do something every single week, which’ll get myself into the habit of it. It’ll mostly be random little things- I have two series lined up, one in which I talk about the manifestations of romantic attraction, and one in which I discuss a Q+A article I found written by Joy Davidson.

Anyway, today’s (or rather, yesterday’s) snippet of thought concerns Freud. Good old Freud. In this article (which I found linked to in Pretzelboy’s blog), which I read a while back, Freud, in his discussions on impotence, talks about “all those men who are described as psychoanaesthetic: men who never fail in the act but who carry it out without getting any particular pleasure from it—a state of affairs that is more common than one would think…. An easily justifiable analogy takes one from these anaesthetic men to the immense number of frigid women”.

The term stuck in my mind because it has a nice ring to it, and it’d make a good ironic label to adopt, especially since it’s actually almost the opposite of my actual sexuality (I’d refuse sex a lot more than I’d accept it, but probably enjoy the physical act) and it’s based in all these outdated notions of gender and sexuality that are worth bringing up, just so people question current notions of gender and sexuality.

It was much more recently, as I was pondering the term, that this blanket word for all asexual or low-libedo men literally means ‘mentally numb’. A better translation for Freud’s asexual men would be ‘dead inside’.

Gee, thanks doc.

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