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whatagrump:

luv that my sexuality is defined as a disorder in the DSM (homosexuality hasn’t been since 1973) and people still ask why i feel like i need to talk about it and raise awareness, luv that shit. mm. makes me feel all warm inside

I believe this is referring to asexuality. In this case, I am going to have to make the case against this. I own the DSM and I just looked up what this could be referring to and what I found was either Female Sexual Interest/Arousal Disorder or Male Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder.

According to the DSM, these are the diagnostic criteria for Female Sexual Arousal Disorder:

A. Lack of, or significantly reduced, sexual interest/arousal, as manifested by at least three of the following:

  1. Absent/reduced interest in sexual activity.
  2. Absent/reduced sexual/erotic thoughts or fantasies
  3. No/reduced initiation of sexual activity, and typically unreceptive to a partner’s attempts to initiate.
  4. Absent/reduced sexual excitement/pleasure during sexual activity in almost all or all (approximately 75%–100%) sexual encounters (in identified situational contexts or, if generalized, in all contexts).
  5. Absent/reduced sexual interest/arousal in response to any internal or external sexual/erotic cues (e.g., written, verbal, visual).
  6. Absent/reduced genital or nongenital sensations during sexual activity in almost all or all (approximately 75%–100%) sexual encounters (in identified situational contexts or, if generalized, in all contexts).

B. The symptoms in Criterion A have persisted for a minimum duration of approximately 6 months.

C. The symptoms in Criterion A cause clinically significant distress in the individual.

D. The sexual dysfunction is not better explained by a nonsexual mental disorder or as a consequence of severe relationship distress (e.g., partner violence) or other significant stressors and is not attributable to the effects of a substance/medication or another medical condition.

And here is the diagnostic criteria for Male Hypoactive Sexual Disorder:

A. Persistently or recurrently deficient (or absent) sexual/erotic thoughts or fantasies and desire for sexual activity. The judgment of deficiency is made by the clinician, taking into account factors that affect sexual functioning, such as age and general and sociocultural contexts of the individual’s life.

B. The symptoms in Criterion A have persisted for a minimum duration of approximately 6 months.

C. The symptoms in Criterion A cause clinically significant distress in the individual.

D. The sexual dysfunction is not better explained by a nonsexual mental disorder or as a consequence of severe relationship distress or other significant stressors and is not attributable to the effects of a substance/medication or another medical condition.

Criterion C in both disorders state that the symptoms need to cause “clinically significant distress” for the individual. This refers to the fact that the individual is already a sexual being and identifies as such. Therefore, these symptoms negatively impact their lives in a way that disrupts their daily routine and causes them distress. These disorders are not referring to asexuality. 

This being said, I do believe that asexuality does need to be talked about more often and awareness needs to be raised for all sexualities and identities. I mean no disrespect from this post, but I just wanted to clear up some possible confusion about the DSM and the disorders that it presents.

References 

American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Publishing.

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  • 1.Do you want a boyfriend or girlfriend?
  • 2.When did your last hug take place?
  • 3.Are you a jealous person?
  • 4.Are you tired right now?
  • 5.Do you chew on your straws?
  • 6.Have you ever been called a tease?
  • 7.Have you ever been awake for 48 hours straight?
  • 8.Do you cry easily?
  • 9.What should you be doing right now?
  • 10.Are you a heavy sleeper?
  • 11.Do you think you can last in a relationship for 6 months?
  • 12.Are you mad at someone right now?
  • 13.Do you believe in love?
  • 14.What makes you laugh no matter what?
  • 15.Who was the last person you talked to?
  • 16.Do you get butterflies around the person you like?
  • 17.Will you get married?
  • 18.When was the last time you smiled?
  • 19.Does anyone like you?
  • 20.Do you secretly like someone?
  • 21.Who was the first person you talked to today?
  • 22.Who do you feel most comfortable talking to about anything?
  • 23.What are you NOT looking forward to?
  • 24.What ARE you looking forward to?
  • 25.Has someone of the opposite sex ever told you they loved you, and meant it?
  • 26.Suppose you see your ex kissing another person what would you do?
  • 27.Do you plan on moving out within the next year?
  • 28.Are you a forgiving person?
  • 29.How many TRUE friends do you have?
  • 30.Do you fall for people easily?
  • 31.Have you ever fallen for your ex’s best friend?
  • 32.What’s the last thing you put in your mouth?
  • 33.Who was the last person you drove with?
  • 34.How late did you stay up last night and why?
  • 35.If you could move somewhere else, would you?
  • 36.Who was the last person you took a picture of?
  • 37.Can you live a day without TV?
  • 38.When was the last time you were extremely disappointed?
  • 39.Three names you go by...
  • 40.Are you currently in a relationship?
  • 41.What is your all-time favorite romance movie?
  • 42.Do you believe that everyone has a soul-mate?
  • 43.What’s your current problem?
  • 44.Have you ever had your heart broken?
  • 45.Your thoughts of long distance relationships?
  • 46.How many kids do you want to have?
  • 47.Have you ever found it hard to tell someone you like them?