Aegosexuality, also known as Autochorissexuality, refers to individuals who experience a disconnect between themselves and any sexual acts or fantasies involving themselves.
In simpler terms, “Aegosexual” individuals may have a sexuality, but they don’t necessarily feel the need to participate in sexual activities with others or even in their own imagination. They can appreciate the concept of sex, but it doesn’t arouse them personally. “Aegosexuality” belongs to the spectrum of Asexuality, although it is a less radical version of it.
Example: Imagine being completely indifferent to any sexual thoughts or desires involving yourself. Instead, you might enjoy reading spicy romance novels or watching steamy movies, but these experiences don’t resonate with your personal desires. That’s aegosexuality for you.
The term “Aegosexual” was coined by the asexual community to further explore different aspects of human sexuality.
“Aegosexuality” was originally introduced as “Autochorissexuality” by Dr. Anthony Bogaert, a Canadian psychologist, in his 2012 book “Understanding Asexuality.” Bogaert coined the term, through the use of the Greek words “Auto,” “Khoris,” and sexuality, literally translating to “without-self-sexuality,” or identity-less sexuality.
The term was later replaced by the LMBTQ community to “Aegosexuality” to make it more accessible, as Bogaert considered the orientation to be a paraphilia, like Necrophilia or Somnophilia. “Aegosexuality” is comprised of the primative prefix “A-,” “Ego,” meaning self and sexuality, literally translating to “selfless sexuality” or “no-self sexuality.”
Since then, the “Aegosexual” identity has gained traction online within the asexual community. Blogs, forums, and social media platforms have become spaces for “Aegosexual” individuals to share their experiences and find support. It’s incredible how the internet has facilitated the discovery and understanding of unique sexual orientations like “Aegosexuality.”
While “Aegosexuality” may not be as widely recognized as other sexual orientations, it has started to gain recognition and acknowledgement within the discussions surrounding asexuality and the LGBTQ+ community. As more people discover and understand the diverse spectrum of human sexuality, “Aegosexuality” is beginning to find its place alongside other identities, like Skoliosexual, or Demigender.
Awareness of “Aegosexuality” has grown through online platforms where individuals can connect and share their experiences with others who identify as “Aegosexual”. This sense of community has allowed ”Aegosexual” individuals to feel validated in their experiences, promoting understanding and acceptance among those who might not have been aware of this unique identity before. Over time, these communities led to the creation of a proposed flag, for the identity. The “Aegosexual” pride flag contains 4 colours, and the middle is an inverted triangle. The colours mean: asexuality (black), gray-asexuality (gray), sexuality (white) and community (purple).
So, whether you’re ”Aegosexual”, asexual, or simply curious about the diverse world of human sexuality, exploring these lesser-known terms can open the door to a deeper understanding and acceptance of the array of sexual experiences that exist.