This week, we discussed “Asexuality: Prevalence and associated factors in a national probability sample,” the 2004 paper by Bogaert that is generally viewed as the first academic paper about asexuality as we understand it. Full citation for the interested:
Bogaert, A. F. 2004. Asexuality: Prevalence and associated factors in a national probability sample. Journal of Sex Research, 41, 279–287.
Bogaert 2004 is essentially a paper that took a wide-ranging national British survey and did an in-depth analysis of the people who responded “I have never experienced sexual attraction to anyone” as compared to the rest of the sample. Because of its place in the short history of academic research on asexuality, there are several good summaries of its content already available, so I will not summarize further here.
A general transcript of the week’s conversation can be found here. Briefly, the conversation focused on some of the following topics:
- the ways Bogaert frames asexuality in the paper vs. how researchers frame asexuality in the literature now
- the paper’s finding that asexual people are more likely to be religious than non-asexual people
- general demographic differences between Bogaert’s sample and online asexual communities
- Bogaert’s idea that early masturbation might drive the development of sexual attraction
- whether the term “presexual” is useful or harmful in the context of young adolescents identifying their sexual orientation
- sex differences in attraction and arousal
As a reminder to anyone who would like to join in on these journal clubs, they are held at 1:00 PM PDT on Saturday afternoons over a group Skype chat. People who would like to be added to the skype chat should contact Skype user sennkestra and ask to be added to the group. Next week’s paper will be “Who reports an absence of sexual attraction in Britain? Evidence from national probability surveys” which is in many ways an update of the research in Bogaert 2004.
Aicken, C. R. H., Mercer, C. H. & Cassell, J. A. 2013. Who reports an absence of sexual attraction in Britain? Evidence from national probability surveys. Psychology and Sexuality, 37–41.