Everybody’s Not Hooking up: Asexuality on Campus and Beyond

Mark Carrigan, David Jay

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Asexuality is a sexual orientation defined as the lack of sexual attraction. The leading group in asexual rights and visibility is AVEN, the Asexuality Visibility and Education Network. In this chapter, Mark Carrigan interviews David Jay, the founder of AVEN and an outspoken supporter of asexual understanding. Asexuality is getting recognized among key stakeholder groups like the LGBTQ community and sex educators, the kinds of people who need to be aware that our community exists in order for us to become more widely recognized. Across non-human species, there are plenty of documented examples of animals experiencing a wide range of sexual behavior, including asexual behavior. When a sexual person hears about asexuality prior to hearing about the Ace community, they often think of themselves as enjoying sexuality, which they assume is a healthy thing that everyone does to some degree.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGender, Sex, and Politics
Subtitle of host publicationIn the Streets and Between the Sheets in the 21st Century
EditorsShira Tarrant
Place of PublicationNew York
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781315817798
ISBN (Print)9780415737845, 9780415737838
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jul 2015


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