Asexuality

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Asexuality (or nonsexuality)[1][2][3] is the lack of sexual attraction to anyone or low or absent interest in sexual activity.[4][5][6] It may be considered the lack of a sexual orientation, or one of the four variations thereof, alongside heterosexuality, homosexuality, and bisexuality.[7][8][9] A study in 2004 placed the prevalence of asexuality at 1%.[7][10]

Asexuality is distinct from abstention from sexual activity and from celibacy,[11] which are behavioral and generally motivated by factors such as an individual's personal or religious beliefs;[12] sexual orientation, unlike sexual behavior, is believed to be "enduring".[13] Some asexual people do engage in sexual activity despite lacking a desire for sex or sexual attraction, due to a variety of reasons, such as a desire to please romantic partners or a desire to have children.[6]

Acceptance of asexuality as a sexual orientation and field of scientific research is still relatively new,[4][6][8][14] as a growing body of research from both sociological and psychological perspectives has begun to develop.[6] While some researchers assert that asexuality is a sexual orientation, other researchers disagree.[8][9]


References

  1. Asexual". thefreedictionary.com. Retrieved 3 December 2011.
  2. "Nonsexual". thefreedictionary.com. Retrieved 3 December 2011.
  3. Harris, Lynn (26 May 2005). "Asexual and proud!". Salon. Retrieved 3 December 2011.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Bogaert, Anthony F. (2006). "Toward a conceptual understanding of asexuality". Review of General Psychology 10 (3) 241–250. Retrieved 31 August 2007.
  5. Kelly, Gary F. (2004) "Chapter 12" Sexuality Today: The Human Perspective (7 ed.)McGraw-Hillp. 401ISBN 9780072558357  Asexuality is a condition characterized by a low interest in sex. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Prause, Nicole; Cynthia A. Graham (August 2004) (PDF). Asexuality: Classification and Characterization. 36. 341–356. doi:10.1007/s10508-006-9142-3. http://www.kinseyinstitute.org/publications/PDF/PrauseGrahamPDF.pdf. Retrieved on 31 August 2007. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 Bogaert, Anthony F. (2004). Asexuality: prevalence and associated factors in a national probability sample. 41. 279–87. doi:10.1080/00224490409552235. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Melby, Todd (November 2005). Asexuality gets more attention, but is it a sexual orientation?. 39. 1, 4–5. http://www.apositive.org/wordpress_backup/?page_id=222. Retrieved on 20 November 2011  The journal currently does not have a website 
  9. 9.0 9.1 Marshall Cavendish, ed (2010). "Asexuality". Sex and Society. 2. Marshall Cavendish. pp. 82–83. ISBN 978-0-7614-7906-2. http://books.google.com/books?id=aVDZchwkIMEC&pg=PA82. Retrieved on 27 July 2013. 
  10. Study: One in 100 adults asexual". CNN. 15 October 2004. Archived from the original on 27 October 2007. Retrieved 11 November 2007.
  11. DePaulo, Bella (26 September 2011). "ASEXUALS: Who Are They and Why Are They Important?". Psychology Today. Retrieved 13 December 2011.
  12. The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (3d ed. 1992), entries for celibacy and thence abstinence
  13. Sexual orientation, homosexuality and bisexuality". American Psychological Association. Retrieved March 30, 2013.
  14. "Overview". The Asexual Visibility and Education Network (AVEN). 2008. Retrieved 14 October 2011


See also

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