Articles

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  1. Morning, I am curious whether you agree with the statistic re: folks identifying as asexual make up one percent? I have read polarized beliefs in the research community and was hoping to either bust the myth or honor the stat.

    • Statistics aren’t really things I can “agree with” or “disagree with.” I can tell you where they come from and what considerations you can take to decide how to use the information, though. The 1% statistic came from an older British probability study where 1% of the 18,000 people surveyed answered that they had not been attracted to men or to women. Anthony Bogaert studied this 1% population in a 2004 investigation. The issues with generalizing that 1% is that a) it was a specific population–United Kingdom residents; and b) it uses the specific designation of including people who had not been attracted to men or women. Some people think 1% is too much because maybe the concept of “sexual attraction” is not well defined in the survey and we’re not really sure what kind of attraction some of them considered when figuring out how to answer. Some think 1% is not enough because the asexual spectrum includes demisexual and graysexual people. And some people think the statistic might not include some people who would identify as asexual now because there has been more visibility since that study was done and some people have realized that even if they like sex or have had sex, they might not be experiencing sexual attraction anyway. Discussing it as around one percent is a good starting point, though, and I don’t see a problem with using it as a shorthand estimation as long as it is unpacked in detail if the context of the discussion demands it.

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