Nichi Hodgson: Reporting of the diver’s announcement that he is in a relationship with a man but also attracted to women, suggests that being bisexual is still taboo
THIS IS EVERYTHING I AM FEELING RIGHT NOW. I’ve been so frustrated with the amount of headlines - even from news sources within the LGBTQ community - that have said Tom came out as gay. I’m not sure if its biphobia, or just general societal non-awareness that sexual orientation is a continuum, but I’ve been very frustrated with the way that Tom’s video - which reflects a clear understanding and acceptance of the nuances of sexuality - has been so severely misreported.
AVEN - the Asexual Visibility and Education Network - was created in 2001.
The Kinsey Reports that noted roughly 1% of the population did not experience sexual attraction to either men or women were first published in 1948.
So stop pretending that asexuality is some “new fad” or whatever. You are not Scooby Doo and Mystery Inc, and the ace community is not an old man wearing a ghost mask. We aren’t trying to get away with anything. There’s nothing to be “found out.”
Yes, tumblr has given us a vehicle to discuss our experiences and raise awareness. But it’s not as though no one was ever experiencing asexuality before the internet - the invention of the internet simply made it easier to connect and discuss with other people who felt things we were already experiencing and give those experiences a name.
Asexuality has always existed ; the fact that you are just hearing about it now is not proof of a lack of validity, but a lack of your own personal awareness on the matter.