Question of the week: Psychology & Sexuality

Last week, there was an asexuality special theme issue of Psychology & Sexuality.  It’s sort of a big deal because it’s several new academic papers all at once.

Few people have access to the journal, so you may have trouble finding copies.  If you can’t find a copy, or, like me, are too lazy to read them, I recommend the summaries written by ace-muslim:

What was the main highlight of this issue for you? Any other thoughts on the articles?

If this discussion interests you, several people are proposing an asexual research reading group.  Please join so they can gauge interest.

About Siggy

Siggy is a physics grad student in the U.S. He is gay gray-A, and makes amateur attempts at asexual activism. His interests include godlessness, scientific skepticism, and math. While not working or blogging, he plays video and board games with his boyfriend, and folds colored squares.
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3 Responses to Question of the week: Psychology & Sexuality

  1. Siggy says:

    I was most struck by the data showing that asexuals had suicidality rates comparable to the other non-heterosexual groups.

    I’m not sure what to make of the “from pathology to identity” paper. The abstract was unreadable. The main thrust seemed to be, “everyone else is wrong and Foucault was right”…

    • sable says:

      I’m getting that the way asexuality is being construed is too mainstream for the author’s tastes, but he likes the way it undermines gender norms, heteronormativity and amanormativity. He thinks the trying-to-fit-in-with-the-mainstream approach makes it easier for society to accept asexuality, but his interest in asexuality is in it changing society’s conception of what people are like.

      • ace-muslim says:

        More broadly, I think that the author of this article was trying to understand asexuality within the framework of queer theory, which is their area of study, and to explore if approaching asexuality this way produces any new insights about sexuality or gender, which they believe that it does. How much people like this paper probably depends on their tolerance for and interest in queer theory. If that’s not your cup of tea, you can skip that paper.

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