Understanding Asexuality

Understanding Asexuality by Anthony F. Bogaert

HQ 21 .B754 2012

“Asexuality can be defined as an enduring lack of sexual attraction. Thus, asexual individuals do not find (and perhaps never have found) others sexually appealing. Some consider “asexuality” to be 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 sense than merely indicating a lack of sexual attraction. People who say they have sexual attraction to others, but evince little or no desire for sexual activity, also self-identify as asexual. Distinct from celibacy, which refers to sexual abstinence by choice (meaning that sexual attraction and desire may still be present), asexuality is seen in those experiencing a lack of sexual attraction or 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 perception of this sexual orientation, written by an expert in the field who has conducted studies on asexuality and provided important contributions to this new understanding. Understanding Asexuality is 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.

This book includes firsthand accounts from several people who identify as asexual, as well as observations from researchers and scholars. The study of asexuality, as it contrasts so clearly with sexuality, also holds up a lens to and reveals clues about the mystery of sexuality, providing new avenues of investigation for those motivated to unlock the secrets of our sexual selves.” – publisher description

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