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Wilson 1 Audra Wilson Prof. Doersch WRTG 1150 2 Nov. 2010 Draft 1 Not Interested in Sex but Not Looking for a Label Growing up, most teens begin to wonder about sex and with whom they will interact with. Others become eager with the simple thought of who they will fall in love with. Both, however, are acceptable ways in which someone expresses their feeling for someone else. Women who have never had the desire for sex, but still possess romantic needs are known as asexuals. Croyden explains, “Most of us consider romantic and sexual attraction as one and the same. It takes someone disinterested in sex to articulate the difference” (10). Others may lose certain sexual desires they once possessed, but in both cases, psychologists and other professionals label these women as having Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD). Factors such as physical characteristics, relationship dynamics, and sexual functioning may cause a woman to lose sexual desire with her partner or in general and is classified as having a sexual dysfunction called Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (Hurlbert, David Farley, et al. 22). Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD) is a label that stigmatizes women as being “disordered” whether or not they are. Regardless of whether lower sexual desire is a disorder, women who wish to boost it should be able to and not be labeled along with it. Those who feel happy with their sexual orientation as being asexual should feel “normal” without a fear of stigma.
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Wilson 2 Women who feel that their decrease in sexual desire causes distress to their lives should be able to seek medical attention if they feel it is necessary without being labeled as having HSDD. Many researchers believe there are multiple causes and factors that can contribute to HSDD where Walsh and Berman observe, “The cause may be either physiological, psychological or a combination of both” (658). Whether these factors contribute to the woman’s sexual desire or not, it is unnecessary for the woman to be classified as having a disorder. If she feels that her “low libido” (Feldhaus-Dahir 259) is an issue, she is perfectly capable of requesting help from a professional without the embarrassment of possessing a disorder. HSDD along with other disorders can provoke a feeling of insecurity for some. Being someone who has lived without a disorder throughout their life and then being diagnosed because of a decrease of sexual interest demonstrates irrational diagnosis. If a woman is dissatisfied with her sexual desire and decides to receive medical attention, then she should be able to do so without a label. Some researchers imply that if a woman feels unhappy with her sexual desire, she should seek medical attention. Laumann et al. implies, “Women have reported that a lack of sexual desire negatively affects their quality of life…” (qtd. in Feldhaus-Dahir 259). For some, diagnosing patients that
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