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Antisexualism, sex-negativity or antisexuality is opposition or hostility towards sexual behavior and sexuality.[1]

Religious[change | change source]

Some forms of early ascetic Gnosticism held all matter to be evil, and that unnecessary gratifications of the physical senses were to be avoided. Married couples were encouraged to be celibate.[2] The Skoptsys were a radical sect of the Russian Orthodox Church that practiced castration and amputation of sexual organs. The Skoptsy believed that Christ had been castrated during his crucifixion, and it was this castration that brought about salvation.[3]

The Shakers was a radical Protestant sect that opposed procreation and all sexual activity. The Shakers were more opposed to pregnancy than anything else.[4] John Harvey Kellogg, the inventor of corn flakes breakfast cereal, was opposed to all forms of sexual activity, especially masturbation.[5] The Road to Wellville satirized his life and practices.[6] Father Divine, founder of the International Peace Mission Movement, advocated religious abstinence from sex and marriage and taught that sexual objectification is a root cause of undesirable social and political conditions.[7]

Non-religious[change | change source]

The Anti-Flirt Club, set up in the United States during the interwar period,[8] was set up in order to protect women from unwanted advances from men.[9][10][11]

A popular venue of antisexuals is the (Antisexual Stronghold) website founded by Yuri Nesterenko. He launched a FidoNet-based antisexual community in 1995.[12] While putting forward the slogan "Say No to sex", the spokesmen[source?] said that no sexual urges are so violent that they may not be deterred through mental reason, or else transformed through abstinence.[source?] Some members of the IAM say they have successfully overcome the desire for sex.

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  1. John Ince (2005), The politics of lust, Prometheus Books, p. 11, ISBN 978-1-59102-278-7, "consists of any negative response directed at sex organs or harmless sex expression"
  2. Sunshine, Glenn S. (2009). Why you think the way you do: the story of western worldviews from Rome to Home. Zondervan. p. 47. ISBN 9780310292302. Retrieved 2013-08-31.
  3. Friedman, David M. (2008). A mind of its own: a cultural history of the penis. Simon & Schuster. pp. 36–37. ISBN 9781439136089. Retrieved 2013-08-31.
  4. Gopnik, Adam (2006-02-13). "Shining Tree of Life". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2013-08-31.
  5. Taormino, Tristan (2004-05-11). "Come for a cause". The Village Voice. Retrieved 2013-08-31.
  6. Hicks, Chris (1994-11-01). "Film review: Road to Wellville, The". Deseret News. Retrieved 2013-08-31.
  7. An Outline of the Problem of Overpopulation, How will the Earth be replenished and continue to exist if the population thereof ceases to increase?
  8. Scholz, Sally J. (2000). "Catcalls and Military Strategy". In Presler, Judith; Scholz, Sally J.. Peacemaking: Lessons from the past, visions for the future. Rodopi. ISBN 90-420-1562-4.
  9. Ghai, Gail (1985). "Driving Home". The Women's Review of Books (Old City Publishing) 2 (12): 16. doi:10.2307/4019732.
  10. Kramarae, Cheris; Treichler, Paula A.; Russo, Ann (1992). Amazons, bluestockings and crones: a feminist dictionary. Pandora. ISBN 0-04-440863-3.
  11. "10 Girls start wars on auto invitation". Washington Post. March 28, 1923.
  12. Reitschuster, Boris (2000-11-06). "RUSSLAND: No sex, please!" (in German). Focus (Hubert Burda Media) (45). Retrieved 2013-02-20.
  13. O'Neill, Brendan (2009-05-17). "Inalienable right to 'excessively noisy sex'". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2013-08-31.