Freedom, Invisibility, and Community: A Qualitative Study of Self-Identification with Asexuality

@article{Macneela2015FreedomIA,
  title={Freedom, Invisibility, and Community: A Qualitative Study of Self-Identification with Asexuality},
  author={P{\'a}draig Macneela and Aisling Murphy},
  journal={Archives of Sexual Behavior},
  year={2015},
  volume={44},
  pages={799-812}
}
A significant body of research is now emerging on the subjective meaning of asexuality. This study explored how self-identification as asexual is managed, both as a threat to the self-concept and a source of personal meaning. A total of 66 self-identified asexuals were recruited from an asexuality internet community and responded to open-ended questions on an online survey. Of these, 31 participants identified as female, 15 as male, 18 gave a different label such as genderqueer or androgynous… Expand
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