Aesthetic Attraction

Aesthetic Attraction is defined as "usually desiring just to observe a person because one finds them aesthetically pleasing." In other words, it is turning aesthetic taste into an "oppressed minority identity."1

From the MOGAI Wiki:

Some asexuals report feeling an attraction to other people that is not connected to a desire to do anything with them, either sexually or romantically. They simply appreciate their appearance. This is called aesthetic attraction because it is thought to be similar to other aesthetic desires, such as the desire to keep listening to a good song or to keep looking at a beautiful sunset.

It is possible to define aesthetic attraction as a subset of sensual attraction, since the act of observing a person's appearance or behavior can be thought of as pleasure involving the sense of vision or sometimes hearing. Some asexuals reject the concept of aesthetic attraction for the same reason that they reject the concept of sensual attraction - i.e. it feels the same to them with people as it does to inanimate objects and other things that they do not generally think of themselves as being attracted to.2

See Also

Split Attraction Model
Tertiary Attraction
Attraction Types

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