What does it mean to be asexual? And what are the unique challenges that people identifying as asexual face when in monogamous relationships? HuffPost Live host Janet Varney explored the topic Monday with a group of asexual individuals, including an LGBT advocate named Maddox.
Maddox, who also identifies as agender, has been in a six-year monogamous relationship with a woman who self-identifies as sexual.
"She doesn't identify as asexual, and we just work it out like any other couple would," Maddox said. "It's just about communication."
Maddox said that asexual people see sex "as one component that's not necessary for our relationships, where most people...they don't even think about it. They just think it's a given within a relationship."
While the journey to understanding asexuality wasn't necessarily simple, Maddox eventually came to terms with the concept.
"You always know you're different. In some way, you always know something's off, especially because we do live in a sexualized culture," Maddox shared. "You start, sort of in the back of your mind putting pieces together. Like, I must not be human, this essential part of me is not there. Until you discover that it's just another spectrum in sexuality."