I like to use the term allosexual myself, so I am reblogging this now. These reasons make sense to me, the arguments against using it don’t make sense. So here. Please read this in order to be less confused when perusing my blog.
In general, language reform is one of my least favorite kinds of social justice work. People are soooo defensive about what words they use. For example, if you even mention that the word “female”, used as a noun, can be demeaning, it will completely derail all discussion of more important feminist criticisms. (I’m thinking of a real event last year in the atheist community.) I’m grateful for the times when I don’t have to get into that kind of argument. But here I am doing it anyway.
“Sexual”, as a term for people off the ace-spectrum, is a bad term. Most words have problems, but I think “sexual” has problems that should kill it. I prefer “allosexual” as an alternative (because it has enough momentum that people in the know are familiar with it), or for visibility purposes, “non-asexual” (because it’s immediately understandable to everyone).
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