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- Published on Friday, 11 May 2012 17:06
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Mainstream media outlets still report on the existence of Asexuals as if it were a surprise. Some people have a hard time understanding the concept, but there needs to be a shift in mainstream media coverage to acknowledge what most people already know. Anyone who follows the news with more than a passing interest knows that there are a group of people who do not experience sexual attraction.
The Age and other Australian newspapers recently picked up the story. While the stories provided nice visibility, there is a problem with these articles. The reporters and columnists do their job, but Asexuals themselves should take these stories in different directions and getting the reporters to deal with the issues that Asexuals actually face.
Academics have already started to make this distinction, and they may realize something the Asexual community as a whole does not. The studies focus more on certain mental health problems that Asexuals may develop, but the focus has shifted away from finding the prevalence of Asexuals to trying to figure out what issues people who identify this way face.
Some people have described the orientation as going through an Awakening. It is not an awakening so much as it is finally acknowledging what is already there. The change must come from elsewhere. In order for people to accept Asexuality, people need to change the way they think about sex and sexuality in general.
Anyone who has followed the interviews given by David Jay has heard him say as much repeatedly, but Aces remain on the defensive in this campaign. We have let people come to us rather than the other way around. If there is a new phase of the movement tied to Asexuality, it will involve engaging in fewer wait and see approaches.