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By Anthony F. Bogaert

A groundbreaking exploration of asexuality, both academically rigorous and accessible to activists, aces and aros, professionals, and anyone who wishes to learn more from the exponentially growing body of asexual research.  Understanding Asexuality sets out to define asexuality and explore its historical connections with pathology.  The label “asexual” may be used in a broader way than merely as “a lack of sexual attraction”.  People who say they have sexual attraction to others, but indicate little or no desire for sexual activity are also self-identifying as asexual.  Distinct from celibacy, which refers to sexual abstinence by choice where sexual attraction and desire may still be present, asexuality is experienced by those having a lack or sexual attraction or a lack of 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 understanding of this sexual orientation, written by an expert in the field who has conducted studies on asexuality and who has provided important contributions to understanding asexuality.  This timely resource will be 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.  It includes firsthand accounts throughout from people who identify as asexual.  The study of asexuality, as it contrasts so clearly with sexuality, also holds up a lens and reveals clues to the mystery of sexuality.

Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (March 2015)
ISBN-13: 9781442201002
Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.6 x 22.5 cm

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