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Netflix documentary explores asexuality... a topic that baffles even Dan Savage
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Released in 2011, the documentary (A)sexual
is now on Netflix. Delving into the 1% of the population who feel no sexual desire but nevertheless appreciate emotional intimacy, this documentary serves to explore this previously unmined corner of human experience. Asexuality differs from celibacy in that celibacy is a choice (for religious or other reasons, involuntary celibacy
aside) whereas asexuality is considered by most to be "just the way they are."
But not everyone gets it. Mr. Savage Love
himself, who is featured in the documentary, is surprisingly baffled by this (lack of) sexual expression and openly ponders whether these people are just plain old repressed and/or messing with their partners
. His line for asexuality is by his own admission very high - if you still masturbate, you're not asexual.
The organization AVEN
(whose founder David Jay is featured heavily in the documentary) exists to help educate and demystify asexuality and boasts approximately 60,000 members. David is currently in an asexual relationship with his asexual girlfriend.
As for asexuality having a biological component, research is split. Some researchers have found that the genitals respond normally in an asexual, and that asexuality is equally split among males & females.
Other researchers say asexuality is skewed towards women.
And a disproportionate amount of people with Aspergers report being asexual
And yes even The Atlantic
got in on the (asexual) action.
Finally if you find yourself asexual but still want someone to love, this UK dating site is for you