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A number of writers have focused on one sentence in Understanding Asexuality. They want to assume that Asexuality is a reaction to the oversexualization of the culture. It seems as if the writers are continuing to find some reason to dismiss the idea of Asexuality. The idea that people who do not experience sexual attraction are broken continues, despite evidence to the contrary. The new line is perhaps more socially acceptable, but it ignores one key piece of information that is also in the book. Asexuals existed before the idea the idea of sexual orientation emerged. They existed long before Kinsey published Sexual Behavior in the Human Male.
The quoted statement does appear in the book, but it is taken out of context. Bogaert does not say that Asexuality exists because society is oversexed. It is more accurate to say Asexuals are starting to come out of the closet because of the oversexualization of culture. Another researcher, Mark Carrigan, calls this the sexual assumption.
Although sociological textbooks tend to state simple ideas in complex languages, this is an idea that is not hard to understand. Simply put, Carrigan states that almost everyone assumes people have a Heterosexual, Homosexual or Bisexual orientation. He details it on his blog, but he does not do so using academic research. He uses comments from an article in The Guardian as an example.
Aces know not to read the comments that appear on these articles. There are the usual comments about masturbation, suggesting Asexuality is caused by disabilities, and the ever-popular “I was Asexual once” comment.
Asexuals, like their Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual cousins, are not new. They have been around for millions of years. Asexuality is not the “fourth network” of sexual orientations. People who are old enough to remember the birth of Fox will know exactly what this means.
Mark Carrigan's Website