Ace and Aro: Understanding Differences in Romantic Attractions Among Persons Identifying as Asexual

  title={Ace and Aro: Understanding Differences in Romantic Attractions Among Persons Identifying as Asexual},
  author={Amy N. Antonsen and Bozena Zdaniuk and Morag A. Yule and Lori Anne Brotto},
  journal={Archives of Sexual Behavior},
First characterized by Kinsey in 1948, asexuality can be broadly defined as an absence of sexual attraction, with approximately 1% of the population identifying as asexual. While asexuality research has flourished recently, very few papers have investigated the unique mechanism of romantic attraction in asexual people, notably that some experience romantic attraction (romantic asexual) while others do not (aromantic asexual). This study compared romantic and aromantic asexual individuals… 

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