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The Truth About Asexuality, or When You DGAF About Sex

The Truth About Asexuality, or When You DGAF About Sex

As a sex researcher, I’ve found myself sometimes forgetting that not everyone’s life revolves around sex. Pop culture would have you believe the opposite, and when that’s not the case, that those uninterested in sex are just shy or sexually inexperienced, such as Jim Parson’s Sheldon on The Big Bang Theory or the Doctor on Doctor Who. According to new research in the Archives of Sexual Behavior, however, about 1% of the world’s population has never felt sexually attracted to anyone, otherwise known as asexuality. That includes more than 70 million people. Recently, research has unleashed a new frontier in our understanding of human sexuality, including asexuality, and I’m excited to see where it goes and what it reveals, especially since misunderstanding, judgment and generalization tend to weigh down non-normative behaviors. As with homosexuality and transgenderism, sexuality is not a choice. Asexual people, who also go by the term “Aces,” say they’ve been that way for as…

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