Presentation on theme: " An asexual person does not experience sexual attraction to anybody or anything. It doesn’t mean an inability to have sexual arousal, drive, or activity."— Presentation transcript:
An asexual person does not experience sexual attraction to anybody or anything. It doesn’t mean an inability to have sexual arousal, drive, or activity – some asexual people have any or all of those things and some don’t. Asexuality is a measure of sexual attraction only. Non-asexual people are referred to as allosexual. Asexual people are colloquially called ‘aces.’ What Asexuality Is
What Asexuality Isn’t Impossible Celibacy Homophobia/Denial Sociopathy A medical disorder A mental illness Late maturity Repression/Fear of sex Inability to attract sexual partners A result of sexual abuse Attention-seeking
A demisexual is a person who does not experience sexual attraction until they form a strong emotional connection with someone, often (but not always) in a romantic relationship. Gray-A is short for gray-asexuality – anywhere in between asexuality and sexuality – low sex drive and rare or situation-specific sexual attraction, among other things. It’s a general term. Both are considered part of the ace community. Demisexuality & Gray-A
Sexual Attraction – Desire or drive to engage in sexual behavior with the object of attraction. Attraction Intense emotional interest in an individual, interpreted as an indicator of a potential romantic relationship and physical intimacy.
Romantic and Sexual Orientations Not mutually inclusive or exclusive. Also: Gynsexual/gynromantic Androsexual/androromantic Wtfromantic Graphic by asexual-not-a-sexual on tumblr, who’s a star.
The Kinsey Scale 0123456 X HeterosexualsHomosexuals Asexuals, breaking models since 1948
The Double Storms Model Sexual OrientationRomantic Orientation
Poppy On the American television show “Huge” Aromantic (?) Asexual June-August 2010 Gerald Tippett On the NZ soap opera “Shortland Street” Biromantic Asexual 2007-2010
Tori Beaugrand R. J. Anderson’s Quicksilver Aromantic Asexual January 1 st, 2013 Kevin Karen Healey’s Guardian of the Dead Asexual of unknown romantic orientation April 1 st, 2010
House Season 8, Episode 9: Better Half January 23, 2012
LGBTQI(A?) Sometimes included as part of LGBTQIA, sometimes not Many asexual people consider themselves members of LGBT, but many do not Note: many people in the “Yes” group are also trans*
Some members of LGBT community object to asexuality being included because they believe that: Asexuality isn’t “real” Asexuality promotes slut-shaming, celibacy, homophobia, and/or rape culture Asexual people are basically straight and/or “pass” Asexual people don’t need safe spaces Aces share nothing with other members of the LGBT Many major LGBT organizations do not recognize and/or include asexuality. Asexuality and LGBT
Asexuality is not recognized as legitimate Pressure to conform, perform, & put out Romance and sex saturation in media “Sex and/or Romance = Humanity” “Sex = Love” Invisibility is not passing (People use the word “asexual” in this sense a lot, and it’s a bit not good. Don’t do it.)
The Trevor Project LGBTQ teen crisis helpline, circa 1998 Also provides resources to LGBTQ teens, parents & schools Began to educate line operators about asexuality, April 2012
Asexual Pride Black Ring Pride Flag Ace of Spades/Hearts Cake
How To Be Ace-Friendly Be aware Don’t make assumptions Be educated Understand what asexuality is and isn’t Don’t erase aces Make queer spaces safe and friendly places for asexual people Like FUSE! Yay!
Questions? People are weird and complicated, and that’s the best thing about us.