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Stories about asexuality: a qualitative study on asexual women

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This study aimed to explore how asexual women experience their asexual identity, sexuality, and relationships. The authors recruited participants through the Asexuality Visibility and Education Network's website and posts on several health- and lifestyle-related websites. Interviewees were 9 women between 20 and 42years of age. Data were collected through semi-structured interviews and analyzed using interpretative phenomenological analysis. The authors discuss 3 main themes that arose from the data: coming to an (a)sexual identity, experiencing physical intimacy and sexuality, and experiencing love and relationships. Participants described how they have always felt different and how they experienced their process of coming out. The authors found a great variation in the experience of (a) sex and physical intimacy and (b) love and relationships. Engaging in sexual behavior was mainly based on a willingness to comply with partner wishes. Whereas some longed for a relationship, aromantic asexual women did not. Some participants separated love from sex. Theoretical and clinical implications of these findings are discussed.

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Van Houdenhove, Ellen, et al. “Stories about Asexuality: A Qualitative Study on Asexual Women.” JOURNAL OF SEX & MARITAL THERAPY, vol. 41, no. 3, 2015, pp. 262–81, doi:10.1080/0092623X.2014.889053.
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Van Houdenhove, E., Gijs, L., T’Sjoen, G., & Enzlin, P. (2015). Stories about asexuality: a qualitative study on asexual women. JOURNAL OF SEX & MARITAL THERAPY, 41(3), 262–281. https://doi.org/10.1080/0092623X.2014.889053
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Van Houdenhove, Ellen, Luk Gijs, Guy T’Sjoen, and Paul Enzlin. 2015. “Stories about Asexuality: A Qualitative Study on Asexual Women.” JOURNAL OF SEX & MARITAL THERAPY 41 (3): 262–81. https://doi.org/10.1080/0092623X.2014.889053.
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Van Houdenhove, Ellen, Luk Gijs, Guy T’Sjoen, and Paul Enzlin. 2015. “Stories about Asexuality: A Qualitative Study on Asexual Women.” JOURNAL OF SEX & MARITAL THERAPY 41 (3): 262–281. doi:10.1080/0092623X.2014.889053.
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Van Houdenhove E, Gijs L, T’Sjoen G, Enzlin P. Stories about asexuality: a qualitative study on asexual women. JOURNAL OF SEX & MARITAL THERAPY. 2015;41(3):262–81.
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E. Van Houdenhove, L. Gijs, G. T’Sjoen, and P. Enzlin, “Stories about asexuality: a qualitative study on asexual women,” JOURNAL OF SEX & MARITAL THERAPY, vol. 41, no. 3, pp. 262–281, 2015.
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  author       = {{Van Houdenhove, Ellen and Gijs, Luk and T'Sjoen, Guy and Enzlin, Paul}},
  issn         = {{0092-623X}},
  journal      = {{JOURNAL OF SEX & MARITAL THERAPY}},
  language     = {{eng}},
  number       = {{3}},
  pages        = {{262--281}},
  title        = {{Stories about asexuality: a qualitative study on asexual women}},
  url          = {{http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0092623X.2014.889053}},
  volume       = {{41}},
  year         = {{2015}},
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