Faculty of Social and Human Sciences (UNL) Conference System, 1st Non-Monogamies and Contemporary Intimacies Conference

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The Minority Report: The asexual community discusses its struggle to find acceptance
Rita Alcaire

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Date: 2015-09-27 06:30 PM – 08:00 PM
Last modified: 2015-08-08

Abstract


Asexuality has been the subject of increasing attention in recent years in academic and scientific literature (Prause and Graham, 2007; Brotto et al, 2010; Przybylo, 2011; Cerankowski and Milks, 2010; Haefner, 2011; Bogaert, 2004, 2006, 2012). So far these articles and dissertations have largely focused on two particular sets of questions: aetiological – relating to asexuality as an underlying condition – or hermeneutical – relating to the meaning that asexuality has for those who self-identify as such. Other specific and very current features of this reality, that are equally significant case-studies and important for asexuals, are usually not under the scope of academic analysis.

In this presentation I analyse asexuality as a platform for community organisation and its struggle to find acceptance in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) movement. I take a closer look at asexuality’s mixed status as a (new) queer identity, looking for equal rights, and as a new subject of rights, claiming privileges in a particular way. I will first attempt to illuminate some of the wider human rights issues connected to sexual orientations and sexual identities and then focus on the lives and day to day experiences of self-identified asexuals in terms of the discriminatory situations they face in their struggle for inclusion and their claim for an identity and rights, drawing mainly from testimonies of activists and community members, taken from online forums, personal blogs and interviews in several media, as well as from the work of leading experts on asexuality.