Aegosexual, previously known as autochorissexual, is a micro-label on the asexual spectrum that describes those who have a disconnection between themself and the subject of arousal. Aegosexuals may have sexual fantasies, view porn and other sexual content, or masturbate, but they generally feel little to no sexual attraction and typically do not desire to have sex with another individual. Some common aegosexual experiences include:
- Enjoying or getting aroused by sexual content, but lacking the same enthusiasm for a sexual relationship in real life.
- Masturbating, but being neutral or repulsed by the idea of having sex with another individual.
- Fantasizing about sex, but the aegosexual individual is not involved, they are only a disembodied observer viewing it from a third-individual perspective, and not from the first individual.
- Fantasizing about sex, but envisioning only other individuals, such as celebrities or fictional characters.
- Fantasizing about sex, but it involves generic, faceless individuals, not specific individuals.
- Fantasizing about sex, but through the perspective of another individual rather than as one's actual self.
- Fantasizing about sex, but only imagining oneself, and no other individuals.
- Fantasizing about sex, but it is idealized and unrealistic. Adding realistic elements to the fantasy makes the idea of sex less appealing or even repulsive.
- Perceiving someone as "hot" or recognizing someone as sexually attractive, yet not seeing the appeal of having sex with the individual in real life. The aegosexual individual may instead prefer to fantasize about them.
- Enjoying erotic content but getting turned on by the situation or relationship dynamics in story lines rather than by one's attraction to the individuals.
The romantic equivalent is aegoromantic.
The term autochorisexual was coined by Dr. Anthony Bogaert, a psychologist who specializes in human sexuality, in 2012. He classified it as a paraphilia since, at the time, asexuality was considered a psychological disorder. This caused controversy with the name, with some not caring about the negative association and others choosing to reclaim the word while others chose to identify with the label "aegosexual". The term "aegosexual" was coined by Tumblr user Sugar-And-Spite, in November 2014. The term is meant to have the same meaning as "autochorisexual", but formulated with Latin roots, making the word easier to pronounce and discarding of the orientation's original perception as a paraphilia.
Some aegosexuals were also uncomfortable with Bogaert's definition of autochorisexual, which remained the widely used definition for aegosexual. Other definitions were coined as a result, with varying takes on whether or not aegosexuals experience sexual attraction. Some of these definitions are as follows:
- Liking the idea of sex, and/or enjoying sexual content, but not actually experiencing attraction or wanting to have sex with anybody.
- A individual who enjoys the idea of sexual relationships but does not wish to have one. (Associated with a disconnect between the individual and a sexual target/fantasy)
- Feeling attraction and desire only for situations that do not involve one's self.
- Someone who feels sexual attraction, but does not want to participate in sex.
The aegosexual flag is nearly identical to the asexual flag, but it possesses a triangle with an inverted order of colors. The triangle represents a "reverse" of asexuality, as aegosexuals are likely to be initially perceived as sexual individuals. The color associations remains the same with the asexual flag, with an extra meaning added to the grey stripe; along with demisexuals and greyasexuals, it represents the in-between of arousal.
An alternate flag was designed by an unnamed "member of the aegosexual community" on or before August 4, 2020. The color meanings are as follows: Purple represents community, likely coming from the asexual community. Gray represents the entire spectrum of asexuality. Teal represents a disconnection between the self and attraction. Black represents asexuality.
An alternate version was created on August 8, 2020, by xeno-aligned which kept the triangle symbolism but used the colors of the alternate flag.
The fourth flag was coined by Cryptocrew on February 22nd of 2021. The shades of purple represent sexuality while the black triangles represents a wall in between ones sexuality and themself. The grey X represents the greyasexual spectrum.
Dr. Bogaert derived the term from the phase "autochoris", meaning "sexuality without identity".
Aego- is derived from Latin words with a- meaning "without" and ego meaning "myself", making the whole word translate to "sexual without myself".