What is an asexual anyway?
According to the all-knowing Wikipedia, asexuality is “the lack of sexual attraction to anyone, or low or absent interest in sexual activity. It may be considered the lack of a sexual orientation, or one of the variations thereof, alongside heterosexuality, homosexuality, and bisexuality.”
Anthony F. Bogaert is an “asexuality expert.” In 2004 he conducted a study and found that as many as 1% of the world’s population is asexual.
Now, in a recent column published by The Independent, Bogaert argues that despite the growing acceptance of LGBT people around the world, society still has a long way to go before before it will be ready to embrace asexuality as an actual sexual orientation, which is unfortunate because he believes asexuality could have a positive influence on our sex-crazed world.
“Examining asexuality also can afford a clear view on how deeply infused sex is in our society,” he writes. “From the pervasiveness of sex in the media to our enduring interest in gossip on the sex lives of others. We also may begin to see more clearly the strange and often mad complexity of sex, with its jealousies, obsessions, and distortions of reality.”
He continues: “Sex is unquestionably part of the great story of human life – our means of reproduction and a deep source of passion and pleasure for many – but it is also a strange and mad world at times, and one that is better understood if we take a glimpse or two from the outside.”
What do you think? Does society need to do a better job embracing asexuals? Sound off in the comments section below.