#Asexuality is a special project by WM Daily. Asexuals are the ones who who do not experience sexual attraction. Asexuality is a phenomenon that has always existed. Still there are millions of people, who have never heard of it.  WM Daily wants to change things. Our goal is to tell real stories about asexuality to a wider audience.

Asexuality is something that have always took place in all societies. The reason why we haven`t heard much about it in the past is that the scientific term “Asexuality” appeared only in the middle of 20th century. Active research in this field started in 1950-s. Asexuality took over the Internet in 2001, when David Jay founded the AVEN community. It became the peaceful oasis for more than 50.000 people all over the world. Mass media and social networks “enlightened” people on asexuals and their lifestyle. Several centuries ago not a soul was talking about people, who were indifferent to sex.

But that doesn’t mean that asexuals didn`t exist in the past. Writers, monarchs, scientists (and many more) were among the people, who never or hardly ever feel sexual attraction. Сontemporaries called them “virgins”, “weirdos” and “celibate”.  You may be surprised, but these famous people are thought to be asexual:

Jane Austen (1775 – 1817)

English novelist Jane Austen is an idol for many asexuals. Her famous novels, including Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility, deal with romantic relationship without being sexually explicit. Her characters – Anne Elliot, Mr Darcy, Miss Charlotte Lucas became the role models for people, tired of all these modern hook-up culture. Unlike many novels, containing episodes of sexual adventures and vulgarity, Austen`s creations are barely made of romance and faithfulness.

Furthermore, there`s talk about Jane Austen being asexual herself.There is no official evidence, however, many experts say, that the fact she didn’t marry is a serious argument. At that times marriage was something every self-respecting woman should go for. Jane Austen had not only challenged 19th century traditional stereotypes, but also provoked guessworks about her asexual nature.

Hans Christian Andersen (1805 – 1875)

If you have not read his magical fairytales, go do it immediately! Hans Christian Andersen is a Danish author, whose fairy tales have been translated into more than 125 languages. His stories are full of innocent humor and wise life lessons. And all these without any sexual context. Wikipedia says, that Hans Christian Andersen was likely to be asexual.

Andersen`s sexuality has always been something that caused hot debates: some people say, he was truly asexual, while others argue he had passion for men. We`ll never know, was his asexuality a cover for particular addictions, which faced disapproval of church and society. According to biography “H.C. Andersen, Life and Work”, written by Johan de Mylius, Andersen had warm feelings for Edvard Collin and Ludvig Müller. The author emphasizes, that those feelings were absolutely “platonic, also entirely asexual and, in addition, unreciprocated”.

Emily Brontë (1818 – 1848)

Emily Bronte, English writer and poet, had a strong character. She avoided close friendship, romantic affections and was prone to mysticism.Her book “Wuthering Heights” is a classic. The relationship between its main characters – Heathcliff and Catherine charm the readers and make them dream of the same love in real life. But the point is that their love are deprived of sexual context. Thus the researchers (as well as some ordinary readers) suggested that Emily has probably been asexual.

“Understanding Asexuality” by Anthony F. Bogaert claims, that Emily Bronte was “likely asexual, not aromantic”. The chances of ever finding weighty proof of Emily`s asexuality are slim to none. Although, some evidence there was.

Nikola Tesla (1856 – 1943)

“Father of electricity” – famous engineer and physicist might have also been asexual. Whether he really was cannot perhaps be proven without a doubt. However, Tesla gave some neutral comments related to this subject. In 1927 in an interview to reporter he admitted that he had never touched a woman and described his first romantic experience: “As a student, and while vacationing at my parents’ home in Lika, I fell in love with one girl. She was tall, beautiful and had extraordinary understandable eyes”*. According to his own words, he have always thought of women as divine and delicate creatures. But he never tried to know them closer. He channeled his energy into his scientific experiments instead.

It`s important to understand that asexuality is not a trend. It doesn`t  emphasise someone`s individuality or to create artificial diversity. Asexuality has always existed. The society didn`t call it this way, but there were people, who didn`t feel any sexual attraction. That didn`t keep them from living a colorful life, make discoveries and create amazing stories.

* W. Bernard Carlson, Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age. Princeton University Press, 2013. p. 239

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