Following a recent spate of items on the bbc, there has been a huge influx into the online asexual communities. I am amazed by the number of people joining, and saying they have only just realised others like them exist. It has made me wonder how many asexuals there are out in every corner of the community, hiding, acting, and wondering why they are different. An asexual is someone who does not feel sexual desire. I never have done. I do feel romantic atraction, as in I can feel mildly attracted to a man, enjoy his company, want to get to know him, possibly want a peck on the cheek or occasional hug. That's it, full stop, no more than that, and even going that far just isn't a priority with me, That makes my sexual orientation "romantic asexual". If anyone thinks this might apply to them or someone they know, you can find out more through AVEN ( asexual visibility and education network) If more people are aware of this orientation, hopefully future generations will fall victim to less confusions and misunderstndings.