We are born, we are named. We die, we are named. Be it the name of a new child or the title given to a hero who gives their life for the sake of many, a name is a sacred thing within our world. A name is a mark that follows us, identifies us, and lets us state our place in the world. Humans name everything we come in contact with – corporal or incorporeal. Every substance, action, or emotion has a name. Every state of being is labeled and defined. For centuries this powerful ability to give a name has been used in a variety of ways, some almost sacrilegious to the nearly spiritual act of defining yourself. We have branded, ostracized, and dehumanized using labels as a tool to discriminate against those who do not fall within our own neat little boxes of normality. Yet, for groups invisible to the world at large, naming and labeling retains its power.
Under threats such as “asexual are just people who need to get raped hard and often enough” and “Just kill yourself, please seriously, just die. Please kill yourself. In a very painful way” a community of very brave people come together to create a name and a place for themselves (qtd. in Swankivy). From most every age group, religion, nationality, and sex these people are united by only one common denominator – they fall into category “X” of Alfred Kinsey’s scale of human sexuality.
Listed as nothing more than a footnote in Kinsey's 1948 path breaking volume Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, category X represents the sexual minority known as asexuals, who, according to Kinsey's original description, are people who experience "no socio-sexual response” (Kinsey 658). In the time since Kinsey published this work, however, the asexual community has come to describe themselves as pe...
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