Asexuality is accepted in modern societies
Asexuals: Many people mistakenly think they are asexual
16.11.2016 – 09:00
The psychologist Dr. Guido Gebauer from the online dating platform www.Gleichklang.de did a self-test "Am I asexual?" developed. A study with the test with more than 700 participants produced a surprising result: more than 40% of the respondents mistakenly believed they were asexual.
The test "Am I asexual?" is intended to distinguish asexuality from other phenomena such as lack of opportunities for sexuality, orgasmic disorders, sexual pain, or shyness. The test is free and is offered on the website www.asexuell.info.
Now psychologist Guido Gebauer has evaluated the data of 707 people who stated in the test right at the beginning that they were asexual. Participants included 581 women, 123 men, and 3 intersex people aged 16-85.
The test confirmed the presence of asexuality in 59% of the test participants. These participants reported no or extremely low sexual desire. In 41% of those questioned, however, the test came to the conclusion that there was no asexuality. The following mix-ups occurred among these respondents:
15% of respondents mistook a lack of sexual opportunities for asexuality.
9% was only sexually attracted to someone I trust. According to Gebauer, this is not about asexuality, but about demisexuality.
13% reported sexual dysfunction, such as difficulty orgasm or pain. According to Gebauer, sexual dysfunction and asexuality are completely different issues.
4% of the respondents stated that they were too shy or too inhibited for sexual contact. According to Gebauer, anyone who wants sexuality but doesn't dare is not asexual.
Gebauer concludes from the findings that relatively often people mistakenly believed that they were asexual. Gebauer considers it important that people can correctly classify their sexual experiences. If people are asexual, it is important for them to accept this. If someone is not asexual, but rather shy, for example, they should acquire more self-confidence. Sexual dysfunction should never be equated with asexuality. This would be tantamount to an unjustified pathologization of asexuality. Asexuality is neither a disorder nor a problem, but a normal variety of human orientation towards sexuality. Sexual dysfunction, on the other hand, is a problem for those affected and, fortunately, can now be treated well.
In Gebauer's opinion, it is also in the interests of the asexual community to clearly define asexuality and to provide reliable procedures for self-assessment. This is the only way to achieve better visibility and acceptance of asexuality in society in the future.
A more detailed presentation of the data evaluation can be found here: http://ots.de/q6ThW
Dr. Guido S. Gebauer
Tel .: 0160 524 2562
Email: [email protected]
Original content by: Gleichklang Limited, transmitted by news aktuell
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