Newsflash, It IS Possible To Love Someone Without Having Sex With Them

Relationships are a significant aspect of life, and romantic relationships are a particularly touted subset. Often, in Western society, a romantic relationship begins when two people encounter each other, find themselves compatible, couple together, and advance from there, whether it be a short term or long term relationship and potentially marriage or cohabitation. When it comes to exclusive pairings, there are certain expectations or components within those types of relationships that, if they are not met, the relationship is suspect to many outside of the relationship even if what occurs within the confines of the relationship is mutually determined by the participants.

Such components as commitment, trust, interdependence, and mutuality are inclusive of friendships and romantic relationships. However, people, if asked, tend to distinguish between the two types of relationships on the basis of sex and whether or not it is being had, citing it as one of the most important aspects of a romantic relationship and discounting relationships that are without it.

This can be unfair to people who are waiting until marriage to have sex and to those who wish to be a part of a romantic, committed relationship that is sexless. The former is excused on the basis that sexual desire is present, and the two participants are abstaining until they are married. However, the latter is where contention often lies, and it is the situation of many asexual individuals who still desire romantic relationships.

Asexuality is the absence of sexual attraction. It is not a physical ailment. Many asexual individuals, or asexuals/aces, experience variety in their individual libidos, from low to high, like any other sexuality, meaning, in most cases, their bodies can still be aroused through stimuli, and many have gone out of their way to be medically cleared of having any other underlying issues. Also, asexuality has since been removed from the DSM-5 as a mental disorder as well.

About one percent of the human population is believed to be asexual though others speculate that it may be an underestimated number for an underreported phenomenon. Aces come in their own variety. Some are sex-averse while others are indifferent or even favorable. Some desire romantic relationships while others are aromantic, feeling no romantic attraction to others.

The romantic aces have difficulty defending their romantic relationships to those close to them and to those unfamiliar who see their relationships as just friendships by another name or as something wrong, unreal, or unsatisfying to the point of torturous if one member of the relationship is not asexual but willing to forgo sex for their own various reasons. Many people believe romantic love cannot exist without sexual attraction and often accuse aces of being immature, prudish, or broken.

Many romantic aces do not view sex as the ultimate or only way to experience intimacy. Quite a few are perfectly content without sex yet still want a committed partner to build a life with despite what others have to say about it. What is puzzling is that people can conceptualize a friends-with-benefits relationship (a friendship with sex) but not a romantic relationship without sex despite believing that sex is the difference between a friendship and romantic relationship. The question is then, if sex can exist without love, why can't love exist without sex?

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An Open Letter To The Girl In A Toxic Relationship Who Doesn't See The Signs To Let Go

"it took letting go to realize that I was holding onto nothing" -R.H Sin


Dear you,

I hope you're doing well. I once thought I was too. I once thought that if he would just change, for me, everything would work. However, my sweet girl, you should not have to change people, you should not have to push people to be better, for you. You cannot help anyone, that does not want to help themselves.

In the movies, we learn to love a bad boy that needs changing. However, it isn't always your job to be boys saving grace. However, his shaming and emotional abuse is not just something you should put up with so that you can love him. That is not loving.

Love is not a constant competition of who could belittle the other one first. Love is not asking for a hug and being told no. Love does not make you feel stupid for bringing up things that hurt your feelings.

Love does not grow angry because you talk to your mom about your feelings. Love does not body shame. Love does not constantly change the passcode to their phone.

Love does not laugh when you find out they're unfaithful. Love does not tell you that you are not smart enough to accomplish anything. Love does not force their hand up your thigh when the words "no" slip out of your mouth.

Love is the warmth of a hand on your cheek when you get anxious. Love is getting your backpack out the car for you. Love is turning around when you need them. Love compromises.

Love is encouraging. Love is proud. Love is forgiving. Love sees you for who you are. Love knows you are worthy.

God is your Father and you are His daughter, so do not believe for one second that this abuse is the love you think you deserve.

Love will not always be easy. Love will be challenging and a constant prayer to not anger so quickly.

However, do not mix up challenging with the abuse. If you are losing the good pieces of yourself, then it isn't love. I know that you put a lot of time and effort into this relationship, but it is no good, you are holding on to someone whose heart is not in the right place to love you.

I connected with a poem from R. H. Sin, once I left my toxic relationship which reads, "it took letting go to realize that I was holding onto nothing."

Darling girl, you are so loved by so many people, do not let this relationship hold you back or make you feel less worthy than you are. I have always been the girl with her nose stuck up in the air smelling for smoke, to follow the trail to a burning house to find a boy that needed saving, but it is more than likely a boy that lit the fire in the first place and needs changing.

So, do not be me, be better. Be the girl that lights her own world on fire, for her work, for her family, for God. You are you and you are amazing, so do not fear being without him.

You will feel as if you have come up for air after drowning in an ocean that you had no idea you were swimming in.

The emotional abuse that this boy has put you through and maybe even physical abuse will leave you building walls around your heart. It will make other relationships hard, but you are so so strong.

You will meet someone that makes you so happy and feel so easy to love, you will never understand how you stuck around with the one that hurt you for so long.

You deserve to grow from this, and I promise you will.

Let go.


The girl who learned from a toxic relationship

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Being Far Away From My Boyfriend Actually Strengthened Our Relationship Instead Of Forcing It Apart

While we were apart, we became closer.


Before I really start this article, I just want to say that my relationship isn't truly a long distance relationship. We are both college students at the same university eight months out of the year, but the other four months we live quite a distance apart. Even during those four months, we are only about 150 miles from each other as the bird flies, but really about three hours from each other.

Being in a relationship where I'm not able to see my boyfriend every day or even every week has been a real challenge. But it's been a good challenge. It hasn't been a challenge because I've felt unfaithful or fallen out of love with him in any way. It's challenging because I miss him. We both work jobs and our schedules aren't the same and oftentimes we aren't able to talk to each other unless it's early in the morning or late at night. There are times when all I want to do is talk to him and tell him about how my day went and get a big bear hug from him. Unfortunately, I'm not really able to do this.

I firmly believe that being apart from each other for days, weeks, or even months have brought us closer than we could've ever imagined. We knew that this would be difficult, and we knew that there would be bad days, but we decided to power through it. It has made each time that we are able to see each other so much more special and meaningful.

Seeing each other has become more of spending time with each other than just laying around on the couch playing around on our phones. It's become really getting to know each other better and catching up on all the things we had missed. It's become a time for us to simply be in each other's presence and enjoy being able to talk face to face without a phone in the middle of us. We go on more adventurous dates, we take more pictures, and I think we would both easily say that we fall more and more in love with each other after each opportunity we have to spend time together.

Spending time together is no longer a daily activity, but it has become a right to be earned through hard work and several paychecks as travel can become expensive. We no longer take opportunities to see each other for granted, and it has made us grow closer because we aren't able to spend time together often. We look forward to the days when we won't have to worry about being apart but know that this is only a stepping stone in our relationship.

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