Understanding Asexuality

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Aug 9, 2012 - Psychology - 192 pages
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Asexuality can be defined as an enduring lack of sexual attraction. Thus, asexual individuals do not find (and perhaps never have) others sexually appealing. Some consider “asexuality” as a fourth category of sexual orientation, distinct from heterosexuality, homosexuality, or bisexuality. However, there is also recent evidence that the label “asexual” may be used in a broader way than merely as “a lack of sexual attraction.” People who say they have sexual attraction to others, but indicate little or no desire for sexual activity are also self-identifying as asexual. Distinct from celibacy, which refers to sexual abstinence by choice where sexual attraction and desire may still be present, asexuality is experienced by those having a lack or sexual attraction or a lack of sexual desire.

More and more, those who identify as asexual are “coming out,” joining up, and forging a common identity. The time is right for a better understanding of this sexual orientation, written by an expert in the field who has conducted studies on asexuality and who has provided important contributions to understanding asexuality. This timely resource will be one of the first books written on the topic for general readers, and the first to look at the historical, biological, and social aspects of asexuality. It includes firsthand accounts throughout from people who identify as asexual. The study of asexuality, as it contrasts so clearly with sexuality, also holds up a lens and reveals clues to the mystery of sexuality.


 

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Bogaert writing is both approachable and intelligent; his book is most welcome to the sparse library on asexuality. However, anyone looking for a book about the experiences of asexual people, know ... Read full review

Review: Understanding Asexuality

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Well written and well researched but didn't go much beyond what I already know of asexuality. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
The A B C and Ds of Sex and Asex
11
History
27
The Prevalence of Asexuality
41
To Masturbate or Not to Masturbate
55
Sex and Gender
67
Forging an Asexual Identity
83
The Madness of Sex
95
A Monster in All of Our Lives
115
Art and Food on Planet Sex
123
Asexuality and Humor
135
Just Because
147
The Beginning
161
Bibliography
163
Index
177
Copyright

Do You Have Hypoactive Skydiving Disorder?
105

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About the author (2012)

Anthony Bogaert is professor of community health sciences and psychology at Brock University. He has published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, along with book chapters, on such topics as asexuality, sexual desire, sexual orientation, birth order and sexual identity, and other related topics.


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