Barometer

How many asexuals are there?

Plus: The EU's worst spending; unlikely hit events; rising and falling names

22 August 2015

9:00 AM

22 August 2015

9:00 AM

No sex, please

Several friends of the late Sir Edward Heath asserted that he could not be guilty of sexually assaulting children because he was asexual. How many adults do not experience sexual attraction?
— A 2004 study by Anthony F. Bogaert, of Brock University, Ontario, Canada, analysed responses to a British questionnaire ten years earlier. Of 18,000 respondents, 195, or just over 1%, had agreed with the statement ‘I have never felt sexually attracted to anyone at all’.
— A 1983 study by a student at the University of Michigan classified 5% of males and 10% of females as asexual.

Unaccountable spending

The EU declined to offer a breakdown of the £86m spent by staff on EU credit cards. What are the most error-strewn and corrupt areas of EU spending, according to the EU Court of Auditors?

% of spending found irregular in 2013
Regional policy, energy and transport 6.9%
Rural development, energy and transport 6.7%
Research; other internal policies 4.6%
Agriculture — direct support 3.6%
European development funds 3.4%
Employment and social affairs 3.1%
External relations, aid and enlargement 2.6%

Minority report


The World Pipe Band Championships, held in Glasgow, attracted an audience of 40,000. Some other events, thought of as appealing to a minority, which attract surprisingly large audiences:
402,413 attended a weekend of Champ Car racing — an American version of Formula 1 — in Mexico City in 2003.
165,000 attended the Badminton Horse Trials over four days in 2005.

Naming names

The Office for National Statistics published its annual survey of babies’ names. Do the risers and fallers tell us anything about birth rates among socio-economic groups?

BIGGEST RISERS IN BOYS’ NAMES
Kian +41 places
Teddy +20
Theodore +19
Elijah +16
Freddie/Albert +15
BIGGEST FALLERS IN BOYS’ NAMES
Jamie -20 places
Ryan -18
Riley -14
Kai -13
Finlay -12

 

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  • Callipygian

    In my not inconsiderable experience, asexuality is more likely to be something that develops rather than something that was absolutely there from the beginning. I doubt very much that those without an interest were ‘born’ that way (though one can always find outliers, as with any human condition). So perhaps there is a tiny minority (virtually microscopic) for whom the hormonal ‘orientation’ is never switched on. But anyone with human growth hormone is bound to have that switch flipped at some point, so fundamental is it to growing up (and growing, full stop).

    I would wager that asexuality blooms, and is found most often in, those for whom appetite rather than orientation is a problem. Once orientation is established, what sexuality really means is appetite — and this (unlike orientation) is something that can be suppressed, either by will or unwillingly, by the association of distressing events with that appetite (one’s own or other people’s). In short, asexuality can be a learned stance that, when thoroughly internalized, is a determining factor in how a person will live. The orientation may always be there, but the response to that orientation, and the desire that prompts wishes and action, will not.

    • right1_left1

      I dont understand what you mean by appetite…libido ?

      Asexuality it needs to be defined before being discussed.

      Low libido leadig to no sexual activity ?
      Libido but the inabilty to make social contact ?

      Libido with poor social integration leads to homosexuality or autosexuality.
      i am the worlds’ formost expert on autosexualty
      I know I am right.

      I am speaking tendencys not that which applies to all asexuals.
      Just as when intelligence and race and the ‘bell’ distribution curve are discussed.

      • Callipygian

        Appetite includes but is more than libido: libido as I understand it is an impulse that begins in the hypothalamus and the limbic system more generally: it has no rational component and no object of desire. It simply wants gratification. To become ‘appetite’, in the way I’m using the term, libido must join with higher traits and desires that lead one to seek relationships (that would be mutually beneficial). Libido is entirely self-seeking and doesn’t, strictly speaking, require another person, but a normal appetite absolutely requires another person in order to be gratified. My point is that most functional asexuality in the world (monks, nuns, celibates of any kind) is actually a desexualization that occurs in two main stages. The first involves the repression of the higher desire, which involves romance, affectionate caresses, and passion that is directed to specific persons rather than to men in general or women in general. This repression progresses to include libido, and the natural unsought impulses of the body (which begin in the limbic system). This is why a genuine functionally asexual person does not self-stimulate. Not only would it run counter to that person’s way of living, but there is nothing demanding it in the first place.

        • Solage 1386

          How do people blind from birth fall in love? Can they?

          • Callipygian

            You’re asking how people that can’t see with their eyes can love with any other faculty?

          • Solage 1386

            Yes.

          • Callipygian

            Well, the same way that I’ve always ‘fallen in love’: with their brains (or souls, if you prefer).

          • Solage 1386

            The eyes are the gateway to the soul.

          • Callipygian

            Just a gateway: that’s all. And there are posterns that work just as well.

          • Solage 1386

            True.

          • right1_left1

            Falling in love is something else the is in need of definition and examination.

            What does it really mean ?
            There is no doubt at can be either selfish or selfless

            I gavent got a clue ‘cos as staed I am an autosexual.

          • Callipygian

            Does that mean you’re transexual, too?

          • right1_left1

            Fair question.
            The answer is I dont really know.

            I’m not physically mentally masculine.
            Women give me the abdabs.

      • Solage 1386

        But what about ass-sexuals?

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  • Victor Edmund Overbanks

    Hey, lets worry about something that is completely useless while the elite continue to push you further into debt-slavery!

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