Understanding Asexuality
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Understanding Asexuality

3.49 of 5 stars 3.49  ·  rating details  ·  79 ratings  ·  22 reviews
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...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published August 9th 2012 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (first published January 1st 2012)
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Mar 22, 2013 Charlotte marked it as to-read
Of COURSE I want to read this! You know, you can find ten million books about how girls should and need to have sex whenever they want, with nods to every sexuality imaginable (by the author), but you can't find a single footnote in the back index about girls who, I don't know, don't WANT to have sex? Don't have a sex drive? Find the idea repulsive, maybe even?
Boys, too. Although there are very few books about male sexual empowerment, I must say. It's probably considered a cliche. :x
People need...more
i should point out that i have no background in sexology, academia, or science. everything i know about the topics in the book i learned the old-fashioned ways: life experience, talking to other people, and scouring the internet for more information.

with that said: i found this book to be rather bullshitty. i mean, this is the stance i take on anyone and anything that says dan savage has right opinions about asexuals, but that is not the only thing that was problematic. bogaert completely ignore...more
Drew Hoffman
The dearth of books on the subject of asexuality (this is the only book solely devoted to the topic available from the Jacksonville Public Library system) makes "Understanding Asexuality" particularly important for those of us coming to terms with our true sexual identity. As someone who has joked about wanting to jump someone's bones and flirted outrageously to feel accepted, this book is a tremendous resource in the cause of proclaiming one's truth. We are denounced as frigid or merely "going...more
My overall opinion is that the book is a great start to finally having some literature on asexuality. I very often felt Bogaert was entirely wrong—or at least failing to capture my experiences as an asexual person, and surely my experience is not the same as everyone's!—but the book is very clearly written with an understanding that this is only a beginning and ends with a call for further research. Great! Much, much more research still needs to be done on understanding the complexities of human...more
Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship}
Aug 20, 2012 Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship} marked it as wishlist
Recommended to Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship} by: Newspaper article
Asexuality as the fourth sexuality. Sounds interesting though the price is scarily high for 192-page hardcover.
‘Understanding Asexuality’ is the first book to be published on the subject of asexuality as a sexual orientation. This makes it important. When I wish to research something, I’ll settle for online sources and journal articles, but what I really want are books. A few years ago I searched the catalogues of my university library, a legal deposit library containing more than 8 million items, and found no books whatsoever on the subject of asexuality. That was very dispiriting. Then Antony Bogaert p...more
Jacob / Julie
This book is probably 4 stars instead of 3 because there are few books on asexuality. So it's a worthwhile read because there's not much else out there. The book has, though, provided me with a number of ideas and facts that I've taken with me, but the density of those ideas to the total text is not large.

In the author's own words: "This book was intended for a broad audience: anyone interested in understanding asexuality, and anyone interested in taking a view of human sexuality through a new l...more
I actually really loved this book which surprised me. My relationship with the rest of the asexual community is tense and spurious at best. This is certainly not a 'definitive' work - it is only 192 pages and often takes simple glances at incredibly complex issues. That being said, I think that this was truly not written for the asexual community but for the sexual one. Having recommended it to my skeptical friends or simply having sent them passages from it on the sly, I can say that their reac...more
The Center for Sexual Pleasure & Health
“Asexuality” is one of many sexual minorities that are moving to be seen, heard, and respected in mainstream culture, and asexuality in particular comes with a lot of questions, skepticism, and misconceptions. This thin but factually dense book is written as an introduction to the concept of asexuality for sexual people—it’s meant to help sexual people learn what being asexual means and what it entails. For instance, do asexual people masturbate or experience sexual pleasure of any kind? Do they...more
Sep 04, 2012 Kate rated it 4 of 5 stars
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A fascinating distillation of the research on asexuality. Bogaert focuses on asexuality in the Western world (Britain, U.S., Canada) because those are the places that the data from studies are available to him, and he also draws from members of the AVEN website. He makes no bones about the fact that the data is limited, and refrains from any grand, sweeping statements that would ignore this caveat.

Both social and biological aspects/influences are delved into, and the book's layout is well-design...more
I felt compelled to share this book because it's contents have made a huge impact on me. I had been questioning my sexuality up until I read this book. It all makes sense now. I'm neither heterosexual, homosexual, nor bisexual... I'm asexual! It was a huge relief to discover that I'm not an anomaly. I can't help but wonder if anyone else I know has ever struggled with this. I encourage those that are curious to do their research. This is a great place to start.

The book has some scientific information that is both interesting and might be helpful in explaining asexuality to someone. There was not nearly enough information specifically about asexuals to truly satisfy me. I would not recommend this book to someone trying to figure themselves out-the language and tone are sterile (and a bit dull), and readers may feel uncomfortable. I know I was, from time to time.
Alison Williams
Oct 15, 2013 Alison Williams rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people interested in human sexuality, or the lack thereof
In this book, Bogaert takes a fair and considerate look at every point on the sexuality spectrum, and explains how studying asexuality can help scientists understand more about sexuality. I found the information in this book revelatory and interesting overall, but the writing style was not especially helpful; he repeated himself so many times (within paragraphs, rephrasing what he had just said, and with end-of-chapter summaries, and with myriad references to what he said in past chapters or was...more
If you're looking for a book about the experience of an asexual person, this is not the book for you. This is more of a textbook about the most recent psychological research of human sexuality. Also, if you have taken a human sexuality course, this book may be considered review for you. However, the author did add a layer with his research on asexuality (duh!). I think it's great that there's a book out there that acknowledges the difference between romantic and sexual attraction. This book is a...more
Brenda {Write From Your Heart ♥}
Jun 07, 2014 Brenda {Write From Your Heart ♥} marked it as must-read-soon
I'd love to read this soon! I need to read more about my sexuality away from online articles and reading it on a book right before me with much more information contained within!
Mills College Library
305.8 B6741 2012
This performs the rather interesting of trick of being simultaneously too simplistic and too academic. Useful as a general introduction for now, when there's so little available on the topic, but there's a much better version waiting to be written.
Lizz H.
Some chapters were very interesting and some were bogged down with far too much science and/or speculation (based on a lack of research studies). In the end, though, it was nice to read a book on the subject since there is so little out there.
This book is an excellent introduction to and exploration of asexuality, a sexual orientation defined as not being sexually attracted to any sex or gender. I recommend this book to anybody who would like to learn more.
You can check out my Library Journal review here under Editorial Reviews.


The book describes up-to-date research on asexuality in a way accessbile to anyone, regardless of his knowledge of human sexuality or psychology.
Mary Alexandra
Well written and well researched but didn't go much beyond what I already know of asexuality.
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