Fun bit of history: Asexuality in the Toronto Sun Sex Survey, 1999-2000

Report on Asexuality from the 2000 COMPAS and Toronto Sun Sex Survey: http://web.archive.org/web/20020601172146/http://www.compas.ca/html/archives/asexuality_surv.html

Using slightly different questions, the 1999 and 2000 Sun/COMPAS sex surveys yielded somewhat different measures of the size of the community of people lacking a sexual inclination. Last year, respondents were asked if they were “sexually attracted to…only men, mostly men, both men and women, most women, or only women?” In 1999, respondents were not asked if they lacked sexual interest but a volunteered response to that effect was recorded as such. In 2000, respondents were explicitly asked if they non-sexual as opposed to being heterosexual, gay or homosexual, or bi-sexual or attracted to both sexes. In the 2000 study, the number of non-sexuals was 5%, up from 2% the previous year. The increase in non-sexual responses in 2000 may arise simply because non-sexual respondents no longer had to volunteer their lack of interest. In the year 2000 study, a lack of sexual interest was proffered as an option.

If you follow the link above, there’s more of a breakdown on why these respondents report a lack of interest in sex, as well as data on rates of homosexuality, heterosexuality, and bisexuality for comparison.

Also, for anyone curious, I’ve included all the parts of both this survey and previous iterations that I could find through the internet archive’s Wayback Machine below:

National Survey on Sex and Relationships with COMPAS and the Toronto Sun, 1998:

Questionnaire: http://web.archive.org/web/20010628041753/http://www.compas.ca/html/archives/sunsexquestionnaire98_surv.html

Report #1: Introduction: http://web.archive.org/web/20020211022527/http://www.compas.ca/html/archives/sunsexintro_surv.htm

Report #2: The rules of the game in mating or attracting sexual partners: http://web.archive.org/web/20020208154142/http://www.compas.ca/html/archives/rules_surv.htm

Report #3: The Appeal of the Sexes: Coupling, Matrimony, Who Benefits and How, and What Needs Improvement (missing)

Report #4: Young and Single in the 90s: http://web.archive.org/web/20020211023803/http://www.compas.ca/html/archives/youngandsingle_surv.htm

Report #5: Sexual Relations and Perceptions in the Workplace: http://web.archive.org/web/20020424143754/http://www.compas.ca/html/archives/sexworkplace_surv.htm

Report #6: Sexual Athletics: http://web.archive.org/web/20020211025609/http://www.compas.ca/html/archives/sexualathletics_surv.htm

Report #7: Politics and Sex: http://web.archive.org/web/20010901022957/http://www.compas.ca/html/archives/politicssex_surv.htm

Report #8: Feminists: http://web.archive.org/web/20020206063600/http://www.compas.ca/html/archives/feminists_surv.htm

Report #9: Sex and Quebec: http://web.archive.org/web/20010221195225/http://www.compas.ca/html/archives/sexquebec_surv.htm

1999 Survey (Incomplete)

Changing Gender Relations: http://web.archive.org/web/20020207132432/http://www.compas.ca/html/archives/genderrelations_surv.html

Report #3: Sex Appeal: http://web.archive.org/web/20020211031132/http://www.compas.ca/html/archives/sexappeal_surv.html

Report #5: Getting in the Mood: http://web.archive.org/web/20010513221932/http://www.compas.ca/html/archives/gettinginthemood_surv.html

Report #6: Fast Sex and the One Night Stand:http://web.archive.org/web/20010624180702/http://www.compas.ca/html/archives/fastsex_surv.html

Report #7: Adultery and Relationships: http://web.archive.org/web/20020202020133/http://www.compas.ca/html/archives/adulteryandrelationships_surv.html

Third Annual Toronto Sun/COMPAS Sex Survey, 2000

Report #1: Changing Gender Relations and Where Relationships Are Getting Better or Worse: http://web.archive.org/web/20020202020814/http://www.compas.ca/html/archives/changinggenderrelations_surv.html

Report #2: What makes males appealing: http://web.archive.org/web/20020207134000/http://www.compas.ca/html/archives/malesappealing_surv.html

Report #3: What makes females appealing: http://web.archive.org/web/20020202023140/http://www.compas.ca/html/archives/femalesappealing_surv.html

Report #4, Sexual Habits and Interests: http://web.archive.org/web/20020424143922/http://www.compas.ca/html/archives/sexualcontentinthemedia_surv.html

Report #5, Homosexuality and Bisexuality: http://web.archive.org/web/20031022073827/http://www.compas.ca/html/archivesdocument.asp?compasSection=Sun+Media+Sex+Poll&GO=GO&compasID=61

Report #6, Asexuality: http://web.archive.org/web/20020601172146/http://www.compas.ca/html/archives/asexuality_surv.html

Report #7: Sex in the Workplace: http://web.archive.org/web/20020424143833/http://www.compas.ca/html/archives/sexintheworkplace_surv.html

Report #8, Sex and the Internet: http://web.archive.org/web/20020208154023/http://www.compas.ca/html/archives/sexandtheinternet_surv.html

Report #9, Sexual Content in the Media: http://web.archive.org/web/20020424143922/http://www.compas.ca/html/archives/sexualcontentinthemedia_surv.html

Report #10, Date Rape: http://web.archive.org/web/20030226152739/http://www.compas.ca/html/archivesdocument.asp?compasSection=Sun+Media+Sex+Poll&GO=GO&compasID=55

Report #11, Prostitution: http://web.archive.org/web/20010628043111/http://www.compas.ca/html/archives/prostitution_surv.html

Report #12, Abortion: http://web.archive.org/web/20020424144301/http://www.compas.ca/html/archives/abortion_surv.html

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About Sennkestra

I'm an aromantic asexual and a bit of an [a]sexuality nerd, recently graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in linguistics. When I'm not reading stuff on the internet I like to cook fancy food, watch anime, and make costumes and other arts and crafts projects.
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