Introducing the sexually unoriented

The first survey of asexuality has just been published drawing on work done ten years ago investigating sexuality. It was found that 1% of participants claimed never to have felt sexually attracted to anyone, while 2% had never had sex. Asexuals are now making a claim for recognition in society as a genuine alternative orientation.

Both The Independent and The Guardian report this with a moderate level of credulity. Still, both hint at ’causes’ of asexuality including: a reaction to a highly sexed society and the effect of social stress on sexual desire.

> From The Independent and The Guardian

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Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and the author of PsyBlog and His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick". You can follow PsyBlog by email, by RSS feed, on Twitter and Google+.

Published: 14 October 2004

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