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A 30-something asexual woman reveals the truth about her oft-misunderstood orientation

By Keira Tobias // Illustration by Emily Flake

I remember it clearly: I was in the sixth grade, and my mom asked me which boy I had a crush on. I refused to give a name, but she pressed on, asking which actors I thought were cute. I felt acutely embarrassed by the question, and didn’t want to answer her, but I finally said Ethan Hawke (this was the era of Reality Bites) just to appease her, and then changed the subject. …

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