Request PDF on ResearchGate | On Jan 1, , Anthony F Bogaert and others published Understanding Asexuality. Toward a Conceptual Understanding of Asexuality. Anthony F. Bogaert. Brock University. Asexuality has been the subject of recent academic (A. F. Bogaert. Asexuality can be defined as an enduring lack of sexual attraction. Thus who has provided important contributions to understanding asexuality.

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Want to Read saving…. It’s not your typical academic book. As someone who has asexualityy 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. Even though biology has moved on considerably since the 18th century, we are still unable to excise cultural baggage in this case, sexism from notions of sexuality. And in our society more important than ever, end of story. Like for example that Asexual people don’t face the same set of difficulties as for example homosexuals.

Bogaert starts with his definition of asexuality–a nathony of sexual attraction to others –and then delves into the more detailed, varying aspects of the orientation asexuality being an orientation, alongside gay, straight, anhhony bi, being one of his arguments in further chapters.

Also, if you have taken a human sexuality course, this book may be considered review for you. I do not know why my explanations of my own life are somehow lacking in the face of what this author has written, but this book truly hits home for the sexual people I know including my partner.

Some undfrstanding asexuality as a fourth category of sexual orientation, distinct from asexualitj, homosexuality, or bisexuality. The bibliography includes some entries. Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves. Much, much more research still needs to be done on understanding the complexities of human My overall understanring is that the book is a great start to finally having some literature on asexuality.

Project MUSE asexualitj the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Not to mention talking about something you have zero claim on. Some of the other reviewers mentioned how the research is very basic and ignores some relevant areas- well, maybe because it’s the first book in the area!


Indeed, they help us sexual beings better understand why we do what we do, says sexologist Anthony Bogaert, professor of community health sciences and psychology at Brock University. Trivia About Understanding Ase 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.

For instance, at one point he mentions the prevalence of “boston marriages” in women but the lack of such a phenomenon between men and he muses about the reasons why, but his reasoning seems to ignore so many possible factors.

In addition, some asexual people experience sexual desire, but it is not related to the desire for a specific person. 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.

Good read if you know nothing about the research on human sexuality or if you do have some knowledge to expand it only a little bit. A really good introduction and overview to research on asexuality.

Chapter 5 elaborates on the reasons why some asexuals masturbate, and how that does not invalidate asexuality as a sexual orientation given that their absence of sexual attraction to others remains. How does that help in understanding Asexuality? This book is a great building block for future uneerstanding in the development of human sexuality.

Understanding Asexuality

Contact Contact Us Help. Same with the chapter on Humor. A wide range of issues are covered, synthesising what academic work that has been done so far to investigate asexuality. I think it’s great that there’s a book out there that acknowledges the difference between romantic and sexual attraction.

But why does it matter. Clearly his research is out of date and or he is confused if he thinks men’s sexuality is uncomplicated while quoting in the same chapter a long standing famous debunked asecuality Second hand knowledge is the worst. Taking a deeply historical perspective, boggaert notes that although sex is the main form of reproduction for species on earth today, it was not for most of the nearly 4 billion years that life has existed here.


Bogaert, a professor of human sexuality, delivers an important theoretical introduction to asexuality for scholars and the general public, as well as asexuals themselves. Do they fall in love, and with whom? It includes firsthand accounts throughout from people who identify as asexual.

Understanding Asexuality by Anthony F. Bogaert

I think this book would be better if Bogaert talked more about asexual peoples’ experiences rather than sexuality as a whole. So it’s a worthwhile read because there’s not much else out there. Nonetheless, this has interesting implications for future research.

Whoops, read this all in one go. That’s probably because this book is also about understanding sexuality, not just asexuality.

View freely available titles: View all 5 comments. From my reading, Bogaert’s main points are that 1 asexuality is a sexual orientation defined by the lack of sexual attraction; 2 understanding asexuality can help us understand sexuality; and 3 asexuality is not a disorder. Mar 22, Charlotte marked it as to-read.


Here, he examines another aspect of his research—asexuality. Until the 19th century, British culture held that women had uderstanding levels of sexual desire than men. May 07, Alison Williams rated it liked it Recommends it for: It’s also good for just learning some interesting facts about people in general! Refresh and try again. The Prevalence of Asexuality. Oct 14, Thraen rated it really liked it.

My relationship with the rest of the asexual community is tense and spurious at best. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.