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Asexuality Symbol

Author: Sexual Diversity
Author Contact: Sexual Diversity (SexualDiversity.org)
Published: 6th Nov 2022 - Updated: 17th Nov 2022
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Summary: Information and history regarding the asexuality black ring symbol design, including an example image.


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There are a number of different asexual symbols within the asexual community, this page concentrates on the black circle sign.

Asexual experiences may also include: not wanting to have sex, not being interested in sex, not experiencing a sex drive/libido, or being repulsed by sex. The sexual attraction is the desire to have sex with or otherwise perform sexual acts with another specific individual. Asexuals often refer to themselves as "ace." It's a phonetic shortening of "asexual." For non-sexual individuals (allosexuals), sexual attraction is involuntary and even occurs when someone doesn't know the other individual (though one might not act on it). Asexual individuals do not have an innate desire to have sex with anyone. They might also feel disconnected from the idea of sex.

The asexual ring symbol can be traced back to a thread from 2005 on the AVEN forum. A member asked how others expressed their asexuality in a thread called "Black rings and other ways to show asexual pride." Plain black rings also coincide with the symbol ⚪ which symbolizes asexuality and genderless. This symbol is often written in black simply because it's a common ink color. The exact design and materials do not matter as long as the ring is black. Generally, asexuals wear the black ring on the middle finger of the right hand, and many Ace people wear this ring to show their asexuality subtly.

Wearing a black ring to symbolize asexuality can also be an inoffensive way of psychologically 'trying out' an asexual identity to see if it fits. Similar to coming out, wearing a ring can help an idea become more real over time and eventually lead to comfort, self-acceptance, and a feeling of being connected to others.

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• (APA): Sexual Diversity. (2022, November 6). Asexuality Symbol. SexualDiversity.org. Retrieved April 13, 2024 from www.sexualdiversity.org/edu/symbols/1066.php


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