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‘The most common misconception is that I simply have a low libido,’ explained Kate when I admitted that I was struggling to understand the concept of a life without sex that wasn’t connected to religious or health issues. It’s not that I find sex repulsive, I’ve just never enjoyed it and I find it mind-numbingly boring and repetitive.’ , offers this definition: ‘Broadly speaking, asexuality applies to anyone who has an enduring lack of sexual attraction towards others.
It was unnerving seeing her so visibly uncomfortable; this 28-year-old quietly self-assured woman I’d met through work years previously.
She went on to tell me that the hot Italian man she’d recently been seeing had been an experiment of sorts, her chance to confirm once and for all that she didn’t feel sexual attraction. Research suggests that one per cent of the global population is asexual.
‘I know plenty of asexuals who have had their hormones checked because there’s this idea that not being interested in sex is something that needs to be fixed.’ ‘Five or six years ago, many in the medical profession considered asexuality a sexual disorder, much like erectile dysfunction or even a reaction to childhood sexual abuse, neither of which are the case,’ adds sexologist Bogaert.
‘Yet a number of studies suggest there’s a biological predisposition towards asexuality.