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Two years ago, Dan Ritter, 19, found himself spending most of the summer fighting off a girl's sexual advances.There wasn't anything wrong with the girl, he wants to clarify. In fact, Ritter started to realise he wasn't attracted to anyone.
Then, in May 2012, Ritter came to an epiphany: "I'm asexual." It's estimated that 1 per cent of all people have no sexual desire towards others whatsoever.One British study that queried 18,000 people about their sexual practices included the option, "I have never felt sexually attracted to anyone at all." One in a hundred people ticked the box.However, that doesn't always mean a lack of sexual drive.In one study, US sexologist Lori Brotto estimated that half of all asexuals masturbate on a fairly regular basis; some have an aversion to all human contact, others need it as much as anyone else. - becomes an exercise in asking the same horrible questions gays and lesbians have copped for years.Determining the root causes of asexuality is tricky, as few studies on the subject have been done. Some feel they were born asexual; others identify as "acquired" asexuals.For asexual people, the fight against stigma and ridicule will be an ongoing struggle.
In the meantime, many of them face a far more immediate and practical challenge: finding love.
Non-asexuals might find that notion baffling: if you aren't interested in sex, why would you be interested in romance?
And asking asexual people why they think they're asexual - is it the result of sexual abuse? "And if we're happy," one asexual person told me, "why does it matter?
" In 2004, said, "If asexuality is indeed a form of sexual orientation, perhaps it will not be long before the issue of 'A' pride starts attracting more attention." By then, though, the asexuality movement was already well underway.
In 2001, David Jay - a handsome, articulate American Gen-Y spokesperson - founded the Asexual Visibility and Education Network (AVEN), selling shirts with slogans like, "Asexuality: it's not just for amoebas any more." And in the last few years, celebrities such as Janeane Garofalo, Morrissey and Deerhunter frontman Bradford Cox have all publicly declared themselves as asexual.
Asexuality has even been around long enough to have its own stereotypes (asexuals apparently all like Doctor Who and cake).