Monday, November 13, 2006

The darkest closet

In all the furore about teenage sexuality, spare a thought for those who are asexual. As today's Telegraph points out, it's not as rare as you might think:

A 1994 survey of sexual practices in Britain questioned 18,000 people about their sexuality; one per cent of respondents chose the option, "I have never felt sexually attracted to anyone at all". This indicator of the prevalence of asexuality slipped under the radar because the survey was geared towards understanding the spread of Aids.
Young people are under huge pressure to have sexual relationships (even the 'forbidding' lobby implies that everyone's at it like rabbits) and asexual teenagers can find themselves feeling isolated, freakish and ashamed - or pressured into sex that they don't want.

All of the old arguments against homosexuality are used against asexuality: "It's not natural" "It's a psychological problem" "He'll grow out of it" "She just hasn't met the right person yet". While it's hard enough for a young person to come out as gay, an admission of asexuality is well-nigh impossible.

Update 14.11.06 Bookdrunk has some more about this

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