Touch-averse is a touch stance that describes an individual who is repulsed by the idea of personally engaging in sensual activity. The term is commonly used by asensual spectrum individuals, but is not exclusive to this community or sensuality.
Touch-averse individuals may find the idea of personally engaging in sensual activity undesirable, uninteresting, uncomfortable, or generally unwanted. They do not feel the same way about sensual interaction that does not involve themselves, and may feel favorable or indifferent towards sensual interaction as a concept. Touch-averse individuals may be fine with or interested in discussing sensual topics, telling sensual jokes, or consuming sensual media.
Some individuals may be repulsed by certain sensual acts, while feeling favorable or indifferent towards other sensual acts. The term touch-ambivalent may be used to describe this experience.
This term has existed within the asensual community with no clear first coining for many years. The term was recoined for the purpose of providing a concrete source by AnonymousHermitCrab on the subreddit r/asexuality on April 27th, 2022.