I REALLY hate how people a saying things like “Asexuals don’t experience sexual attraction” THIS IS NOT A UNIVERSAL TRUTH! I hate it even MORE WHEN AN ACE SAYS IT. I know nothing will change by posting this, but CHOSE WHAT YOU SAY Carefully! You will regret it if you don’t! Some of us are pro-sex, Some of us are anti-sex, Some of us enjoy it under certain specifications, Some of us don’t enjoy it but do it for there partner occasionally, Some of us never or rarely act on sexual tension because they don’t relate it to anything! etc. etc. PLEASE IGNORANCE IN OUR OWN COMMUNITY IS A PROBLEM! WE REALLY NEED TO WORK ON BECAUSE IF WE DON’T WE WILL HAVE A HELL OF A TIME BEING ACCEPTED OR RECOGNIZED!
that is literally the definition of asexuality
not experiencing attraction towards any gender
It’s the literal definition but human sexuality isn’t so black and white.
I guess people don’t have a better word to describe not actively pursuing sex yet having sexual arousal so they’ve gotta make due.
As has been pointed out before, arousal≠attraction. The capacity to be aroused has nothing to do with orientation, although it is true that arousal can sometimes be a result of sexual attraction (but not always - for example, if I’m aroused a bit by wearing tight pants, it doesn’t mean I’m sexually attracted to tight pants). Many aces may experience arousal without sexual attraction.
And actually, there is a word for people who may experience attraction but not want to act on it: that’s what grey-asexuality is! It’s a word for people who for the most part identify with being asexual, but still experience some level of sexual attraction and thus do not consider themselves to be completely asexual. This can include people who experience attraction but not the urge to act on it, or people who experience sexual attraction only rarely or weakly (as a grey area, there is, of course, a lot of bluriness ot the definition)
So basically, asexuals still do not experience sexual attraction.
However, some people on the ace spectrum (which includes not only asexuals but also grey-As and demisexuals) do experience sexual attraction.
Furthermore, things like being pro/anti-sex, being able to enjoy sex, being willing to have sex, and choosing whether or not to act on arousal have nothing to do with whether or not you experience sexual attraction.