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Not only that, he is America's best known asexual person, serving as the emergent sexual orientation's attractive, articulate spokesperson on everything from The View, to MTV, to France 24.Jay launched the Asexual Visibility and Education Network (AVEN), an online community dedicated to raising awareness of asexuality and providing support to people who identify as asexual, in 2001, when he was 18 and a college freshman.It's just that before Google came along, they couldn't find each other. But his website did arrive right at the critical moment at which a person typing that word into a search engine could stumble upon a relevant community -- rather than, say, an article about the reproductive systems of sea stars.But although the Internet provided the technology for people to start talking about asexuality, it was not the only -- or even the most important -- condition necessary for that conversation, says Mark Carrigan, a researcher at the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom.Some think sex is disgusting, some are indifferent, and some think it's great for other people but have no wish to "go there" themselves.But what all asexual people have in common -- and what defines asexuality as an orientation -- is that, while they may have a desire to connect with other people, asexuals have no desire to connect with them sexually."I had spent the past four years struggling to realize that I was okay, and I didn't want other asexual people to have the realize the same thing," he says.The website soon became a rallying cry: first for hundreds, then thousands, and later tens of thousands of people who felt alienated from the sexual stories and imagery that dominate our culture.
And that feeling of being broken is more than just a matter of individual neurosis.
David Jay was in middle school when everyone around him grew suddenly obsessed with the same all-consuming impulse.
It wasn't sex per se, but it was its nascent beginnings.
It's a really central part of a lot of people's lives."But sex was not a central part of David Jay's life: not in middle school, not in high school, and not now.
That's because, like approximately one percent of the population, Jay identifies as asexual.