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The Guardian | Asexuality always existed, you just didn't notice it

And that visibility also explains the apparent rise, as it leads people with more amorphous sexual orientations towards an eventual identification that describes themselves and their feelings. Ten years ago, I knew nothing about asexuality, other than as a term from science classes that referred to some plants and animals.

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I started identifying as asexual but it didn’t mean that anything about my sexuality had changed, simply that I now had a word to describe it.