Not to be confused with Anti-sexism.

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


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][3] According to some sources, the early Christian theologian Origen castrated himself to avoid temptation and remain pure.[4] 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.[5] Boston Corbett, who was involved in killing John Wilkes Booth, castrated himself after being mocked and tempted by prostitutes.[6] Ann Lee was the founder of the Shakers, a radical Protestant sect that opposed procreation and all sexual activity. The Shakers were more opposed to pregnancy than anything else.[7] John Harvey Kellogg, the inventor of the "corn flakes" variety of breakfast cereal, was opposed to all forms of sexual activity, especially masturbation.[8] The Road to Wellville satirized his life and practices.[9] 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.[10]


The Anti-Flirt Club, set up in the United States during the interwar period,[11] was set up in order to allegedly protect women from unwanted advances from men in their cars or on street corners.[12][13][14]

The most popular venue of antisexuals is the (Antisexual Stronghold) website founded by Yuri Nesterenko.[15] He has been widely recognized as the leading antisexual activist since he launched a FidoNet-based antisexual community in 1995.[15][16][17][18][19][20][21] The community claims to have created the International Antisexual Movement (IAM).[19] While putting forward the slogan "Say No to sex", the spokesmen of the IAM endeavor for people to understand that no sexual urges are so violent that they may not be deterred through mental reason, or else transformed through abstinence. Some members of the IAM say they have successfully overcome the desire for sex.[19]


See also


  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. See Book of Thomas the Contender, Acts of Thomas; also Spiritual marriage
  4. Rothwell, Nicholas (2008-08-23). "The Way of All Flesh". The Australian. Retrieved 2013-08-31.
  5. 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.
  6. Tanner, Beccy (2013-02-11). "Boston Corbett moved to Kansas after John Wilkes Booth shooting". The Wichita Eagle. Retrieved 2013-08-31.
  7. Gopnik, Adam (2006-02-13). "Shining Tree of Life". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2013-08-31.
  8. Taormino, Tristan (2004-05-11). "Come for a Cause". The Village Voice. Retrieved 2013-08-31.
  9. Hicks, Chris (1994-11-01). "Film review: Road to Wellville, The". Deseret News. Retrieved 2013-08-31.
  10. An Outline of the Problem of Overpopulation, How Will the Earth Be Replenished and Continue to Exist If the Population Thereof Ceases to Increase?
  11. 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.
  12. Ghai, Gail (1985). "Driving Home". The Women's Review of Books. Old City Publishing, Inc. 2 (12): 16. doi:10.2307/4019732.
  13. Kramarae, Cheris; Treichler, Paula A.; Russo, Ann (1992). Amazons, Bluestockings and Crones: A Feminist Dictionary. Pandora. ISBN 0-04-440863-3.
  14. "10 GIRLS START WAR'S ON AUTO INVITATION". Washington Post. March 28, 1923.
  15. 1 2 Чудакова, Алиса (July 7, 2008). Против секса (in Russian). Interfax. Retrieved 2013-02-20.
  16. Арефьева, Татьяна (November 8, 2007). Жизнь без секса [Life without sex] (in Russian). Атмосфера № 67. Archived from the original on 2014-03-01. Retrieved 2013-02-21.
  17. An anonymous author (2003-01-27). Жизнь без секса [Life without sex] (in Russian). Газета «Сегодня», Выпуск №19 (1364). Retrieved 2013-02-21.
  18. Мы не спустим!. Moulin rouge (in Russian). Moscow: Rodionov Publishing House. May–June 2006. Archived from the original on 2014-03-02. Retrieved 2013-02-22.
  19. 1 2 3 (Russian) Теория невероятности. Жизнь без секса (a documentary)
  20. Reitschuster, Boris (2000-11-06). "RUSSLAND: No sex, please!". Focus (in German). Hubert Burda Media (45). Retrieved 2013-02-20.
  21. "Giới tính thứ tư - Những thiên thần hay chỉ là những bệnh nhân?" (in Vietnamese). YuMe. Retrieved 2013-02-22.
  22. O'Neill, Brendan (2009-05-17). "Inalienable Right to 'Excessively Noisy Sex'". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2013-08-31.
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