- Category: LGBT Issues
- Published on Friday, 25 May 2012 20:47
- Written by Lara Landis
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A Japanese neutrois recently had a penis and testicles removed. The Associated Press picked up the story because the person in question cooked them and served them to guests at their place of business. (A reader who wants to read the details of the story can follow the source link). AP’s author describes the individual as Asexual. This usage of Asexual underlies the need for the organization that publishes the stylebook journalists use most frequently to define how the term Asexual should be used.
Asexual was not used incorrectly in the story, regardless of what an Asexual reader from the United states might think. Without sexual organs is a valid definition of the word. However, it may confuse readers who do not understand that it does not apply to people.
The AP should include an entry on how to deal with people who identify as Asexual in their next stylebook. At the moment, reporters who cover AVEN and other groups must find a way to deal with the problem without any official guidance. A failure to provide a standard can lead to confusion about non-binary individuals and people who comprise the non-sexual part of the gender and sexual minorities acronym.
Japanese Man cooks, Serves Own Genitals