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    Science Shines Light on Asexuality

    Leave ’em alone. One percent of the population is asexual, according to recent estimates by Professor Anthony Bogaert. Yet asexuality remains poorly understood, with assumptions about physical impairments, for example, mostly being wrong. While demonstrating lower levels of sexual desire has been pathologized, asexuals usually suffer no distress over it. Nor do they avoid loving relationships. Instead they tend to focus on romance over sex — some studies suggest these are products of different processes in the brain — and might just help a sex-crazed society learn to decouple the two.

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