Considering Asexuality as a Sexual Orientation and Implications for Acquired Female Sexual Arousal/Interest Disorder
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In this piece, I comment briefly on the link between autism and asexuality mentioned by Brotto and Yule (2016), before exploring (1) considerations of asexuality as a sexual orientation, and (2) implications of Brotto and Yule’s conclusions about sexual orientation regarding women’s acquired low sexual desire.
Autism and Asexuality
As Brotto and Yule noted, there is evidence of increased prevalence of asexuality among autistic people (e.g., Gilmour, Schalomon, & Smith, 2012; Ingudomnukul, Baron-Cohen, Wheelwright, & Knickmeyer, 2007) and online asexual community rumblings of a possible correlation.1 “Asexuality” is assessed in different ways. Ingudomnukul et al. found 17% of 54 autistic women reported a sexual preference for neither men nor women. Based on data generously shared by Dr. Melike Schalomon (MacEwan University) and collected by Laura Gilmour (now a Ph.D. student at the University of Alberta), 6.15% of 65 autistic participants (women and men) reported bothno sexual...
KeywordsSexual Orientation Sexual Desire Sexual Attraction Compulsory Sexuality Sexual Disorder
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