Anonymous asked: What's the difference between being sex-repulsed and having erotophobia?
I think the keyword there is ‘phobia’. A phobia is an anxiety disorder and is something that is severely distressing and can be potentially debilitating. I think conflating ‘repulsion/aversion’ with ‘phobia’ is a bit of a problem in language right now, because people forget that a phobia is an actual psychological condition. Nowadays people use it to describe something they simply don’t like or makes them uncomfortable. Which isn’t fair to people who actually suffer from them.
Most sex repulsed individuals do not have such an extreme negative response that would equate it to a phobia. Also, some sex-repulsed might simply be disgusted by the thought of sex where they are concerned, but not care when it’s other people. That being said, it’s possible that some sex-repulsed individuals might be erotophobic.
Browsing some articles brings up a scale, too actually, so if you choose to look at it as a pole on a scale rather than the actual condition, then erotophobia would be one end and erotophilia would be on the other, and sex-repulsed would be in between, but closer toward the former.
-Griff@8 months ago with 8 notes