Asexuality is a designation or self-designation for people who lack feelings of sexual attraction and/or sexual desire. There is debate as to whether this is a sexual dysfunction or an actual sexual orientation; furthermore, there is disagreement over the exact definition of the word. The term is also sometimes used as a gender identity by those who believe their lack of sexual attraction places them outside the standard definitions of gender. There has been little research done on asexuality, but those studies that have been conducted suggest that, if it is a sexual orientation, it is the least commonly occurring one.
- Asexuality: Classification and Characterization by Nicole Prause and Cynthia A. Graham (Archives of Sexual Behavior, Volume 36 Number 3, June 2007)
- Asexuality: A Mixed-Methods Approach by Lori A. Brotto, Gail Knudson, Jess Inskip, Katherine Rhodes and Yvonne Erskine (Archives of Sexual Behavior, not yet in print)
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