#9

1. According to the video, how does this alphabet function as a tool?  Given the context of the video, please define another tool and what it does.

2. Why would a conception of asexuality be important in a Politics of Sexuality course?

3. Is asexuality a deviant sexuality? How so?

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  1. 3. Is asexuality a deviant sexuality? How so?

    Asexuality is definitely a deviant sexuality because many people do not even think that it exists in human beings or is possible. Therefore, asexuality is a form of sexuality that deviates from what most people think sexuality is supposed to look like. Anthony Bogaert, in “Asexuality: What It Is and Why It Matters” observes that, “Similar to other sexual minorities, asexual people stand in contrast to a heterosexual majority. As such, sexuality is the key characteristic in what makes them different from the majority group” (368). Individuals who identify as asexual are also often subject to discrimination which further demonstrates their position as deviants in society. Bogaert says that “MacInnis and Hodson (2012) found evidence that heterosexual people often view asexual people with more disfavor than other sexual minorities (e.g., gays, lesbians) and may characterize them as ‘less than human’” (368). In other words, in a society that assumes sexual interest/desire is natural/normal, individuals who identify as asexual are viewed as unnatural/abnormal.This would make these individuals deviants in the view of the larger society. If asexuality was an acceptable orientation or form of sexuality, then we would be able to make the case that it is not deviant. But when society at large sets the parameters for what is and is not acceptable, then anything that does not fall within those parameters can be considered deviant.

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  2. Asexuality is not a common issue that is spoken about in society amongst humans. Asexuality is brought up in biology classrooms where they explain the concept in depth but in regards to non-humans such as animals and how they reproduce. Asexuality in humans tends to deviate from the norm which includes heterosexuality where a man is attracted to a women and vice versa. There haven’t been many academic studies if any on this issue of asexuality in humans. But, we do realize that this behavior does deviate from normal society and isn’t spoken about much because there haven’t been people who have rose up and admitted that they are or it is just not looked into that much. Being asexual does deviate from the norm and I believe it is a deviant sexuality. In today’s society many people have sexual desires for the opposite gender which is heterosexual but on the other hand being asexual suggests that you have no sexual desire for anyone but yourself. This in turn defies then normal sexuality and is labeled as a deviant sexuality. Anthony F. Bogaert states in his article “Asexuality: What It Is and Why It Matters”, “As an example, if a man is attracted to other men because of an atypical biological process-including a biological process that is atypical for his sexual orientation and that process may be alterable does this negate the lived experience of his attraction to men?” (Bogaert 366). Bogaert is wanting to convey the fact that a gay man’s attraction to another man can be changed then does that negate their life experience if they change their sexuality. Society would not allow such a thing to be accepted at this time because asexuality would still be considered a deviant sexuality. Just as being gay or lesbian, asexuality would be worse in a sense because this behavior would not be expected to arise in humans. This sexuality is not thought about at all due it many people considering that asexuality would not be possible in humans. In all, society in this time would not consider asexuality as a norm, it will continue to be deviant until it is talked about more.

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  3. Why would a conception of asexuality be important in a Politics of Sexuality course?

    In order for a Politics of Sexuality course to be effective in teaching students about human sexuality there needs to be an inclusion of a diverse range of topics. Even if at first these topics seem to be outside of the realm of what is considered traditional or “normal” human sexuality. Discussing a conception of asexuality in a Politics of Sexuality course is important because it is a topic that one may not automatically associate with human sexuality, but it is very much apart of the realm of human sexuality. Also, according to Bogaert asexuality is an “understudied phenomenon,” and a politics of sexuality course opens up the door for dialogue about the conceptions of asexuality and allows students to view asexuality as an academic topic as well as a topic that is included in the discussion about human sexuality. Issues of discrimination are also important to discuss in a politics of sexuality course. Other minority groups such as women, the LGBTQ community, the handicapped (to name a few) are discussed in Politics of Sexuality courses, so why should asexuals be omitted? Another theme that is frequently discussed in POS courses is sexual deviance or a sexual deviant identity. Due to the fact that asexuality goes against mainstream society’s view of sexuality, it would fall into the category of sexual deviance and would need to be included in the discussion about sexual deviance in a POS course. However, the most important reason that asexuality needs to be included in a POS course is to create awareness about groups of people whose sexuality would be seen as a disorder or malfunction, or worse yet, not even apart of the dialogue about human sexuality.

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  4. 3. Is asexuality a deviant sexuality? How so?

    As we heard a lot in class , deviance : “is the fact or state of departing from usual or accepted standards, especially in social or sexual behavior”. So when it comes to asexuality, a lack of lustful inclinations/feelings directed toward others, I believe it is looked at as a deviant sexuality for a couple of reasons. One being it’s a distinctive form of sexuality that is not fully accepted or studied by doctors or researchers only : “In 2004, an academic paper on human asexuality appeared in the Journal of Sex Research (Bogaert, 2004), along with a media report on the phenomenon in New Scientist (Westphal, 2004). Since that time, a heightened degree of academic and public interest in this relatively “understudied” phenomenon has occurred…”. Scientists have done research on animals and organisms , studying for sexual reproduction and mating problems. However, when it comes to human beings, asexuality is not an accepted ,typical norm so a lot of people haven’t heard of it or approved. Secondly, asexual people suffer from this labeling :”As MacInnis and Hod- son (2012) wrote: ‘‘Sexuality appears to be perceived as a key component of humanness. The dehumanization measures employed did not explicitly reference sexuality, yet asexuals were strongly biased against on these measures. Thus, characteristics/emotions representing humanness are clearly intertwined with sexuality and/ or sexual desire’’. Reading an article “Asexuality: What It Is and Why It Matters” we can learn that people form this group have been unfairly treated, and in some way deviated from society. Mainly due to the fact, of it being weird, different and unfamiliar to social norms and levels. Thus, I believe with more research and studding being done society can learn about different sexual forms, and recognize asexuality as a normal human state.

    Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deviance_(sociology)
    Class notes.
    Asexuality: What It Is and Why It Matters

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  5. 1. According to the video, how does this alphabet function as a tool? Given the context of the video, please define another tool and what it does.

    This alphabet functions as a learning tool to understand asexuality. This is a learning tool for not only for people who never heard of asexuality but as well for people who are asexual. It gives a clear understand about asexuality to people who never heard of the term. As it gives a definition of asexuality, a percentage of people who are asexual, what is not being asexual, a history about it; when she talks about Alfred Kinsey, they want to include in the LGBT community, the negative perception asexuality has, and the different subcategories there is. This also helps out people who identify themselves as asexual since the video goes over the different subcategories there are. Where one of them is demi-sexual, which is when someone has to have an emotional connection before a romantic one can be established. So people who are asexual know exactly what category they fall into. As well the video puts it into a simple, and quick way to learn about asexuality for a person who never heard of it to someone who knows a little about it.

    Another tool this video does is give more awareness to the world. It makes it so that people are actually talking about asexuality and giving it more of a spotlight. Where if you look in the comment section of the video some of the comments are that how people of asexuality love how more and more videos are being posted about sexuality on YouTube. Which this is a good thing since it getting asexuality more of an exposure that it should have. Where I believe a good amount of people have never heard of asexuality, just like myself.

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  6. 2. Why would a conception of asexuality be important in a Politics of Sexuality course?

    There are many ways to describe a person who engage in the acts of love: gay, lesbian, and straight. Although those are the three typical ways to label an individual, there is a fourth option—asexuality. There is a lack of awareness about asexuality due to the fact that it is not very common. According to the article, “Asexuality: What It Is and Why It Matters” by Anthony F. Bogaert, asexuality is the lack of sexual attraction or interest of anyone, which “implies a lack of lustful inclinations/feelings directed towards others” (Bogaert 363). Asexuality touches upon a topic that is rarely discussed within society, and it is assumed to be a rare displayed concept in general. In a Politics of Sexuality course, we spend an immense amount of time discussing men and women, including their roles in society and how they are perceived. In addition, we heavily discuss deviance in relation to topics like pregnant teens, women, the LGBTQ community, and the disabled, so why should asexuality be treated any differently within the course? Asexuality is part of our human sexuality in society, so by including this in the course, it will increase overall awareness and knowledge for the subject as a whole, enabling a richer-minded society.

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  7. #1

    An asexual is someone who does not feel sexual attraction. Unlike celibacy, which people choose, asexuality is an intrinsic part of who someone is. There is considerable diversity among the asexual community; each asexual person experiences things like relationships, attraction, and stimulation as somewhat different. Asexuality does not make anyone’s life any worse or any better, they just face a different set of challenges than most sexual people. Asexuality is the difference from celibacy or sexual abstinence, which are behaviors, while asexuality is generally considered to be a sexual orientation. Some asexual do participate in sex, for a variety of reasons. According to the video the alphabet is defined as a tool because it shows fixed labels of vocabulary to define asexuality to help people discover their identities, and how in over time these tools can be changed it needed. Given in context to the video, another tool can be the use of scientific research on asexuality. This can be used as a tool in emphasizing awareness to people who do not know what asexuality is about. Our society focuses so much on scientific evidence, and even though there have not been many conclusive studies about the biology behind asexuality, however it may not mean that it does not exist.

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  8. #3. Is asexuality a deviant sexuality? How so?

    As we have been learning in class that deviance is seen as the state in which people distance themselves from the typical and general society standards. Therefore, when there is a lack of sexual attraction or a lack of sexual inclinations/feelings toward others, people don’t find this type of behavior to be normal in humans and consider it deviant. As we believe that humans are expected to feel the sexual feelings toward another at one point in their lives. In the article, “Asexuality: What It Is and Why It Matters,” the author states that, “asexual people may face similar discrimination challenges to other sexual minorities” (Bogaert, 368). In other words, asexual people might also face the same type of discrimination as LGBT people face. This clearly portrays that just how LGBT people are being judged and looked upon, asexual people would be in the same criteria in that sense. In addition, the author also brings up an evidence found from MacInnis and Hodson, which states that, heterosexual people may view asexual people as ‘less than human’ (Bogaert, 368). This means that this group of individuals are seen as abnormal, as asexuality isn’t part of what is acceptable in the society. Thus, we can conclude that asexuality is not considered a normal form of sexuality according to the society, which makes it a deviant sexuality.

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