Yasmin Benoit interview: ‘People think that being asexual is a mental disorder’

‘I’ve pretty much heard every misconception. I’ve heard that asexuality is a side effect of veganism,’ asexuality activist and model tells Sabrina Barr

Wednesday 26 August 2020 17:54

In February 2019, a poll of British adults found that three quarters of people could not define asexuality. At the time, Dr Michael Yates, a clinical psychologist specialising in sexual health, said that the survey’s results demonstrated that “there is still a lack of understanding of the diversity that exists when it comes to asexuality”.

An asexual person is someone who "does not experience sexual attraction,” the Asexual Visibility and Education Network outlines, emphasising the difference between asexuality and celibacy, which is a “choice to abstain from sexual activity”.

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