February 14, 2008

Asexuality Is Possibly Another Sexual Orientation?

Is asexuality another sexual orientation? Researchers from the Kinsey Institute explore asexuality in a new article published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior.

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What do you know about asexuality?

The National Post in Canada reported on an article by former Kinsey Institute researchers (note: link is to a PDF article) Nicole Prause and Cynthia Graham describing this often misunderstood identity.  The article suggests that although asexuals have always been at least 1% of the population, awareness is picking up and more asexuals are beginning to talk openly about it.

No Ill Effects

While sex comes almost as naturally as eating dinner to some people, others are just not interested. For asexuals, their lack of desire usually has no ill-effects on them, prompting researchers in the field to believe it is as much a part of the spectrum of sexual orientation and identity as being straight, gay, or bisexual.

To learn more about asexuality, check out http://www.asexuality.org, the National Post article, or read the original research article from the Kinsey Institute website.

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