Why I Am Antisexual: Depotentiation

This reason is less evidence-based than my other reasons for being antisexual, and more speculative. However, I think it is a very interesting observation to make. This is that a seemingly highly disproportionate number of European geniuses in the arts and sciences have been chaste, compared to the percentage of the population that was likely chaste at any given time. I call this phenomenon “potentiation,” which seems fitting since sex for men, at least, involves a literal loss of potency.


Consider these Europeans who have been by all appearances chaste:

Louisa May Alcott

Susan B. Anthony

Thomas Aquinas

W.H. Auden

St. Augustine

Jane Austen

J.M. Barrie

Isaac Barrow

Clara Barton

Thomas Bayes

Pierre Bayle

Catharine Beecher


Sts. Benedict and Scholastica

Robert Boyle (1627-1691)

Tycho Brahe


James Buchanan

Magnus Carlsen

Lewis Carroll

Mary Cassatt

Castruccio Castracani

Henry Cavendish

Frederic Chopin


Leonardo da Vinci, debatably. “The act of procreation and anything that has any relation to it is so disgusting that human beings would soon die out if there were no pretty faces and sensuous dispositions.”

Jean  d’Alembert


Edgar Degas


Rene Descartes

Emily Dickinson

Arthur Eddington

Elizabeth I



Desiderius Erasmus

Joseph Fourier


Helen Gandy

Edward Gibbon

Josiah Willard Gibbs

William Gilbert (1544-1603)

Lillian Gish

Charles George Gordon (1833-1885)

Edward Gorey


Glenn Gould



Hildegard of Bingen

Thomas Hobbes

Robert Hooke


David Hume

Christiaan Huygens


Washington Irving

James of Aragon

Henry James

Joan of Arc

Immanuel Kant

Soren Kierkegaard

St. Mary Faustina Kowalska

T.E. Lawrence


C.S. Lewis, except perhaps for his 3-year marriage near the end of his life

Meriwether Lewis

Franz Liszt

John Locke

H.P. Lovecraft

Jim Mattis

Lise Meitner


Isaac Newton. He is reported to have said on his death bed that his proudest accomplishment was remaining a virgin.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Florence Nightingale

Alfred Nobel

David Parnas

Blaise Pascal


Padre Pio



Alexander Pope


St. Richardis

Jean-Paul Sartre

Arthur Schopenhauer

Franz Schubert

William James Sidis

Adam Smith

Herbert Spencer

Nikola Tesla

Henry David Thoreau

Evangelista Torricelli

St. Ursula

Vincent Van Gogh




Andy Warhol

Dorothy Wordsworth

William Wordsworth, until late in his career

The Wright Brothers

Historically, all dons at Oxford and Cambridge.


Starts to make a person wonder, doesn’t it?

However, the reason why this is a speculative reason to be antisexual is that it could also be the other way around: chastity could give Europeans greater potential for genius, or European geniuses could have a stronger natural instinct to chastity. Either way, there definitely seems to be a correlation between chastity and genius among Europeans.

Imagine if some other highly uncommon sexual behavior were this associated with genius. If all these people were incestuous, “Incest & Genius” would have its own field of scholarship. There would be classes at every college about it. But we never hear a peep about Chastity & Genius. And yet it is an inescapable observation for anyone who reads their European history.

Perhaps our ancestors are not idiots, and there is a reason chastity has been a treasured virtue for both men and women since the beginning of recorded European history. Perhaps chastity is good for us in ways that go beyond practical considerations like avoiding disease and dependency – profound ways that people are too blind nowadays to see.

If chastity is a part of European genius, then the sexual revolution is not only harmful to our people as individuals and as a society, but it might indeed be harmful to us on the profoundest level of our heritage, robbing us of the potential our people are capable of. I think people who are prosexual should take a long look at that list and consider what they might be sacrificing on the altar of the libidinous society they envision.


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