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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.

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Psychologist, Jeremy Dean, PhD is the founder and author of PsyBlog. He holds a doctorate in psychology from University College London and two other advanced degrees in psychology.

He has been writing about scientific research on PsyBlog since 2004. He is also the author of the book “Making Habits, Breaking Habits” (Da Capo, 2003) and several ebooks:

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> From The Independent and The Guardian