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"And Now I’m Just Different, but There’s Nothing Actually Wrong With Me”: Asexual Marginalization and Resistance

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This article explores the relationship between contemporary asexual lives and compulsory sexuality, or the privileging of sexuality and the marginalizing of nonsexuality. Drawing on 30 in-depth interviews, I identify four ways the asexually identified individuals in this study saw themselves as affected by compulsory sexuality: pathologization, isolation, unwanted sex and relationship conflict, and the denial of epistemic authority. I also identify five ways these asexually identified individuals disrupted compulsory sexuality: adopting a language of difference and a capacity to describe asexuality; deemphasizing the importance of sexuality in human life; developing new types of nonsexual relationships; constituting asexuality as a sexual orientation or identity; and engaging in community building and outreach. I argue that some of these practices offer only a limited disruption of compulsory sexuality, but some of these practices pose a radical challenge to sexual norms by calling into question the widespread assumption that sexuality is a necessary part of human flourishing.
subject
Asexuality
compulsory sexuality
identity
marginalization
resistance
contributor
Gupta, K. (author)
date
2020-02-14T14:47:52Z (accessioned)
2020-02-14T14:47:52Z (available)
11/1/16 (issued)
identifier
Kristina Gupta (2017) “And Now I’m Just Different, but There’s Nothing Actually Wrong With Me”: Asexual Marginalization and Resistance, Journal of Homosexuality, 64:8, 991-1013 (citation)
https://doi.org/10.1080/00918369.2016.1236590 (doi)
http://hdl.handle.net/10339/95979 (uri)
language
en (iso)
publisher
Taylor and Francis
rights
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ (uri)
source
Journal of Homosexuality
title
"And Now I’m Just Different, but There’s Nothing Actually Wrong With Me”: Asexual Marginalization and Resistance
type
Article

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