Sunday, January 29, 2017

Aces. (asexual lepers)

In the beginning of filmmaker Angela Tucker’s 2011 documentary “(A)sexual,” members of the general public try — and fail — to grasp or explain asexuality. While many quickly connect asexuals with organisms like mosses and amoebas, one man asserts with conviction that there’s “no such thing” as asexual human beings.

A study, conducted by Brock University researchers Gordon Hodson and Cara McInnis, found that people of all sexual stripes are more likely to discriminate against asexuals, compared to other sexual minorities.

“Most disturbingly, asexuals are viewed as less human, especially lacking in terms of human nature,” the study authors wrote. “This confirms that sexual desire is considered a key component of human nature and those lacking it are viewed as relatively deficient, less human and disliked.”
The study’s results raised alarm bells for many asexual activists.
“It was really scary for us to read about,” said David Jay, founder of the Asexual Visibility and Education Network (AVEN), who has himself been publicly lampooned for his asexuality. “Sure, we’ve seen anecdotal evidence of asexuals being seen as incomplete, as mechanistic, inhuman, but here we have disturbing evidence that indicates that there may be widespread discrimination as more asexuals come out and the ace community gets more of a voice.

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