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(Author's Note: I had a limited amount of time to review this book. I feel if I read it in the manner I recommend, I would have gotten more out of it on my first reading. This article is crossposted from Examiner.com.)
Understanding Asexuality contains a great deal of information for a 200-page book. Asexuals knew the book would be published this August for nearly a year. There is no other book that covers Asexuality from an academic perspective at the moment.
The reader can judge the state of existing Asexual research by paying attention to the names that appear in the book's citations. They belong to people who were the only active Asexuality researchers at one time. Bogaert, Brotto, and Prause and Graham are names that appear in almost every chapter of the book. This is not a shortcoming of Understanding Asexuality. The author used all of the existing research on Asexuality to write the book. This is not an exaggeration. There are not that many studies.
Bogaert hopes his book will appeal to an audience composed of academics and lay people alike. He fails at his second goal. The book reads like a textbook. Readers should consume the text slowly, and they should take time to think about each chapter before moving onto the next one. Each chapter includes a summary. The summaries distract the reader from the points the author tries to make.
The author wanted to make people think about sexuality and Asexuality. The book may have fallen short in its attempt to appeal to the average reader, but it is a work anyone interested in Asexuality should have on their shelf or on their ereader.
Understanding Asexuality helps people understand Asexuality in a way that Asexual websites cannot. The reader who wants to get the most out of Bogaert's new book should take careful notes and read it in small pieces.