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Understanding Asexuality

Author : Anthony F. Bogaert
ISBN : 9781442201002
Genre : Psychology
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In a world where people often feel compelled to advertise their sexual inclinations and preferences, many people identify as asexual, lacking sexual attraction to either men or women. This book introduces the idea of asexuality as a fourth category of sexual orientation and reveals the historical, biological, and social aspects of asexuality.
Category: Psychology

Understanding Asexuality

Author : Anthony F. Bogaert
ISBN : 9781442201019
Genre : Psychology
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Asexuality can be defined as an enduring lack of sexual attraction. Thus, asexual individuals do not find (and perhaps never have) others sexually appealing. Some consider “asexuality” as a fourth category of sexual orientation, distinct from heterosexuality, homosexuality, or bisexuality. However, there is also recent evidence that 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.
Category: Psychology

Understanding Asexuality

Author : Anthony F. Bogaert
ISBN : 1442200995
Genre : Psychology
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In a world where people often feel compelled to advertise their sexual inclinations and preferences, many people identify as asexual, lacking sexual attraction to either men or women. This book introduces the idea of asexuality as a fourth category of sexual orientation and reveals the historical, biological, and social aspects of asexuality.
Category: Psychology

The Invisible Orientation

Author : Julie Sondra Decker
ISBN : 9781510700642
Genre : Social Science
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What if you aren’t attracted to anyone? This Lambda Award Finalist is an overdue look at the least understood part of the sexual identity spectrum. Most people believe that everyone wants sex and experiences sexual desire. But that’s why asexual individuals are left out, marginalized, and made invisible by what most perceive as an incomprehensible orientation. While awareness and understanding has increased when it comes to gay, trans, and bisexual people, asexuality remains a mystery to many, even those who are experiencing it. When an asexual person finally comes out, alarming reactions commonly follow: loved ones dismiss it, or fear that an asexual person is psychologically damaged, or suffering from abuse. Critics confront the asexual people with accusations of following a fad, hiding homosexuality, or making excuses for romantic failures. All of this contributes to a discouraging master narrative that there is no such thing as “asexual.” The Invisible Orientation outlines what asexuality is, counters misconceptions, provides resources, and puts asexual people’s experiences in context as they move through a highly sexualized world. Featuring the varied and personal stories of asexual people, and information on what it means for their relationships, The Invisible Orientation “shines a much-needed light on an experience that’s far more common than most people realize”(Charlie Glickman, PhD). * Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award Finalist in Family & Relationships * Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY) Silver Medal in Sexuality/Relationships * Next Generation Indie Book Awards Winner in LGBT
Category: Social Science

Asexuality

Author : Asexuality Archive
ISBN : 1477428089
Genre : Psychology
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Sometimes called “A Fourth Orientation”, asexuality is a sexual orientation characterized by a persistent lack of sexual attraction toward any gender. This book explores love, sex, and life, from the asexual point of view.This book is for anyone, regardless of orientation. Whether you're asexual, think you might be, know someone who is, or just want to learn more about what asexuality is (and isn't), there's something inside for you.This is one of the first books exclusively dedicated to the subject of asexuality as a sexual orientation. Written by an asexual, it discusses the topic from the inside.
Category: Psychology

Asexualities

Author : Karli June Cerankowski
ISBN : 9781134692460
Genre : Psychology
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What is so radical about not having sex? To answer this question, this collection of essays explores the feminist and queer politics of asexuality. Asexuality is predominantly understood as an orientation describing people who do not experience sexual attraction. In this multidisciplinary volume, the authors expand this definition of asexuality to account for the complexities of gender, race, disability, and medical discourse. Together, these essays challenge the ways in which we imagine gender and sexuality in relation to desire and sexual practice. Asexualities provides a critical reevaluation of even the most radical queer theorizations of sexuality. Going beyond a call for acceptance of asexuality as a legitimate and valid sexual orientation, the authors offer a critical examination of many of the most fundamental ways in which we categorize and index sexualities, desires, bodies, and practices. As the first book-length collection of critical essays ever produced on the topic of asexuality, this book serves as a foundational text in a growing field of study. It also aims to reshape the directions of feminist and queer studies, and to radically alter popular conceptions of sex and desire. Including units addressing theories of asexual orientation; the politics of asexuality; asexuality in media culture; masculinity and asexuality; health, disability, and medicalization; and asexual literary theory, Asexualities will be of interest to scholars and students in sexuality, gender, sociology, cultural studies, disability studies, and media culture.
Category: Psychology

Asexuality And Sexual Normativity

Author : Mark Carrigan
ISBN : 0415731321
Genre : Psychology
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The last decade has seen the emergence of an increasingly high profile and politically active asexual community, united around a common identity as 'people who do not experience sexual attraction'. This unique volume collects a diverse range of interdisciplinary empirical and theoretical work which addresses this emergence, raising important and timely questions about asexuality and its broader implications for sexual culture. One of the most pressing and contentious issues within academic and public debates about asexuality is what relationship, if any, it has to sexual dysfunction. As well as collecting cutting edge scholarship in the emerging field of asexuality studies, rendering it indispensable to any sexualities course across the range of disciplines, this anthology also addresses this urgent debate, offering a variety of perspectives on how and why some have pathologised asexuality. This includes a range of chapters addressing the broader issues of sexual normativity within which these contemporary debates about asexuality are taking place. This book was originally published as a special issue of Psychology and Sexuality.
Category: Psychology

Understanding Population Genetics

Author : Torbj?rn S?ll
ISBN : 9781119124030
Genre : Science
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"The reader is taken through ten mathematical derivations that lead to important results, explaining in a hands-on manner the key concepts and methods of theoretical population genetics. The derivations are carefully worked out and easy to follow. Particular attention is given to the underlying assumptions and the mathematics used. The results are discussed and broadened out with relevant current implications. All topics feature questions with helpful answers"--Provided by publisher.
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Understanding Non Monogamies

Author : Meg Barker
ISBN : 9781135196295
Genre : Psychology
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Most social scientific work on intimate relationships has assumed a monogamous structure, or has considered anything other than monogamy only in the context of 'infidelity'. Yet, in recent years there has been a growing interest among researchers and the public in exploring various patterns of intimacy that involve open non-monogamy. This volume gathers contributions from academics, activists, and practitioners throughout the world to explore non-monogamous relationships. Featuring both empirical and theoretical pieces, contributors examine the history and cultural basis of various forms of non-monogamy, experiences of non-monogamous living, psychological understandings of relationship patterns, language and emotion, the discursive construction of mono-normativity as well as issues of race, class, disability, sexuality and gender. This volume will be of interest to academics and practitioners working in the social sciences and anyone who is seeking greater insight into the intricacies of non-monogamous relationships.
Category: Psychology

Vanilla

Author : Billy Merrell
ISBN : 9781338100938
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Vanilla and Hunter have been dating since seventh grade. They came out together, navigated middle school together, and became that couple in high school that everyone always sees as a couple. There are complications and confusions, for sure. But most of all, they love each other.As high school goes, though, and as their relationship deepens, some cracks begin to show. Hunter thinks they should be having sex.Vanilla isn't so sure. Hunter doesn't mind hanging out with loud, obnoxious friends.Vanilla would rather avoid them. If they're becoming different people, can they be the same couple? Falling in love is hard. Staying in love is harder.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction