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Thesis: An Analysis of the Theoretical Origins and Persistance of Asexuality in Humans

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I could not see this in the index, but it is really hard to find things...a note for the moderator, have you considered using a citation program such as Mendeley or Zotero (both free)? You can index it and share online so it makes it easier for us to search, for example. You might even be able to link it to the wiki somehow...just a thought.


Anyway, here is the thesis information, published May 2017


A bachelor thesis from the University of Arizona. 







Asexuality is defined as a lack of sexual attraction to members of any sex or

gender. This phenotype would be considered detrimental in the context of the fitness of

the asexual individual, so the question on how this trait originated and continues to

persist remains unanswered. Synthesizing studies on asexual humans, homosexual

human genetics, evolutionary selection theories, and historical context, the issue of

asexuality and the fitness of asexual individuals is considered from multiple points of

view. While no clear conclusion is produced, the possibility of a combination of

polygenic traits and cultural context not seen in most animal species is proposed as

possibly asexuality’s initial origin and persistence in human populations. Further

research is needed in queer studies and behavioral evolution before a more definite

conclusion can be reached

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@Caphyra (and for anyone else wondering) We have these two right now:


Index (editable only by mods): http://www.asexuality.org/en/topic/149958-2017-index/

Asexual research (locked right now while I sort it out): http://www.asexuality.org/en/topic/135080-asexual-research/



I am looking into those other things that you mentioned. ;) Thanks for the reference! I will add it now! 


Edit: I have posted about it in the admods forum, to consult with other admods as well as those staff members who have archived World Watch before I got here. :) 

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That is awesome. Thanks for making that, Sennkestra.

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On 9/1/2017 at 3:21 AM, Sennkestra said:

@Caphyra @scarletlatitude if you are interested in Zotero research libraries, I have a fairly comprehensive one going here and we're always looking for new additions: https://www.zotero.org/groups/950137/asexual_research


I mentioned you in our conversations on how to do this AVEN wide. It's a bit more complex than it appears, but I am all for the idea. Thanks for the examples, and for the references! I will be looking at that when I am working on the research thread. 

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