Some women I find aesthetically pleasing and yet I don't feel any sexual attraction towards them despite being straight. A completely non-erotic appreciation of form.
What characters from literature can I relate to in this regard? Maybe even an example from non-fiction.
acknowledging beauty without a wish to grasp it is the first step towards the departure from hedonism. but be careful, the territory outside of hedonism is uncharted and can get you lost if you are weak.
You can relate to one of the most important non-fiction characters of all time (i.e. me). I recently met a girl who pretty much ticked every box in what I look for in a gf, in terms of her hobbies, interests, and general personality. As a bonus she was definitely pretty, and as a further bonus she made it pretty clear that she was into me. A relationship with her would have been perfect because I've been depressed and sexless for over 2 years, but I just didn't feel any sexual attraction towards her so I decided not to pursue it.