Author: Ashley

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Ashley is a woman diagnosed along the autism spectrum who would like to open a conversation about autism and alternative monogamy. She has repressed sexual feelings for along time and tried to be asexual. Through help from some key mentors, she learned how to relate with people and started to explore her sexuality. It is through her marriage and listening to Life on the Swingset that she has become more adventurous and open to alternative sexual lifestyles. She believes that sexual growth among those with autism is important, even if it is to come to the conclusion that they wish to be asexual. She would like to like to empower those with autism to define love and sex on their own terms, in a world where the word autism and sex are typically considered non-existent.

As I write this, I continue on a journey towards defining towards who I am and what I want sexually. I walk down a path of new adventure, uncomfortableness, excitement, confusion, love and fear. I carry with me items: Asperger syndrome, and a combination of polyamory and recreational swinging. When one of these objects, poke out from my baggage, I tend to stuff it deep inside and continue. I am afraid of rejection and loneliness. But the more I cram and I try to forget, the luggage I carry gets heavier and heavier. I slow down, getting mired in going…

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