The Invisible Orientation: An Introduction to Asexuality


The Invisible Orientation: An Introduction to Asexuality Author Julie Sondra Decker
ISBN-10 1634502434
ISBN-13 9781634502436
Year 2015-10-13
Pages 240
Language English
Publisher Skyhorse Publishing
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Lambda Literary Award 2014 Finalist in LGBT Nonfiction Foreword Reviews INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award 2014 Finalist in Family Relationships Independent Publisher Book Awards 2015 IPPY Silver Medal in Sexuality Relationships Next Generation Indie Book Awards 2015 Winner in LGBT What if you weren t sexually attracted to anyone A growing number of people are identifying as asexual They arent sexually attracted to anyone and they consider it a sexual orientationlike gay straight or bisexual Asexuality is the invisible orientation Most people believe that everyone wants sex that everyone understands what it means to be attracted to other people and that everyone wants to date and mate But thats where asexual people are left outthey dont find other people sexually attractive and if and when they say so they are very rarely treated as though thats okay When an asexual person comes out alarming reactions regularly follow loved ones fear that an asexual person is sick or psychologically warped or suffering from abuse Critics confront asexual people with accusations of following a fad hiding homosexuality or making excuses for romantic failures And all of this contributes to a discouraging master narrative there is no such thing as asexual Being an asexual person is a lie or an illness and it needs to be fixed In The Invisible Orientation Julie Sondra Decker outlines what asexuality is counters misconceptions provides resources and puts asexual peoples experiences in context as they move through a very sexualized world It includes information for asexual people to help understand their orientation and what it means for their relationships as well as tips and facts for those who want to understand their asexual friends and loved ones

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