There is not a day that goes by when it does not become more and more evident that the men and women of FOX News are threatened by any deviation from the ideas that men are hulking idiots and women are simpering simpletons. On 22 August, Red Eye host attacked the new book by Anthony Bogaert Understanding Asexuality and featured a panel of people who spread information and lies about asexuality.
People who identify as asexual typically do not have as strong a sexual need as others, but this does not preclude them from having strong relationships and even marriages with non-asexual people. Like sexuality, sexual need is on a spectrum from those who are constantly desirous of sexual encounters to those who are not. There is nothing wrong with these individuals except by the standards of a society that is hypersexual.
Sara Beth Brooks, the founder of Asexual Awareness Week, stated “The segment is offensive and mean. In the middle of three minutes of jokes, host Greg Gutfeld calls asexuals lepers. Near the end, guest Bill Schulz asserts that asexuals aren’t discriminated against. However, it is easy to see how the media is dismissing asexuals even within the segment. The discussion about asexuality on Red Eye encourages viewers to meet asexuality with skepticism and disbelief rather than acceptance. Misinformation and tasteless jokes could have severe negative consequences on asexual people – especially youth — who are struggling to find acceptance.”
David Jay, the founder of the Asexual Visibility and Education Network, said “Asexuality is a rich topic for discussion, but there is no benefit to being inaccurate.”
It might be noted that many on the Right have a conflicted attitude about sex and sexual needs given that they often try to portray themselves as rejecting sex while, at the same time, have a lascivious and prurient interest in it.
Here are some of the things provided by Brooks and Jay that were said in the show and the rebuttals (with two additional facts provided by LGR):
Myth: Brooke Goldstein said that asexuality is synonymous with being a woman.
Fact: Statistics show that only 51% of our community identifies as female.
LGR Additional Fact: Women can be hypersexual, and studies have shown women are just as sexual as men.
Myth: Brooke Goldstein said that people were labeled asexual in a study and that was unfair to them.
Fact: The study asked about sexual attraction and then assigned categories based on that response. Those who labeled “sexual attraction to neither” were studied as asexual.
Myth: Brooke Goldstein said that asexuality was invented to describe “normal” sexuality in a hyper-sexualized world.
Fact: Asexuals were first identified by Alfred Kinsey in 1948.
Myth: Jamie Weistein said that asexual people were already represented in the media because of an SNL skit.
Fact: The SNL skit is about an androgynous character, not an asexual one. Androgyny is about gender, asexuality is about sexuality.
Myth: Jamie Weistein said that the LGBT community was too many letters already and shouldn’t add any more.
Fact: Statistics show that 80% of the asexual community identifies with the LGBT community or are allies; major LGBT orgs like the Trevor Project have already announced asexual inclusion.
LGR Additional Fact: There is already an acronym that includes Asexuality- QUILTBAG which stands for Queer, Undecided, Intersexual, Lesbian, Transsexual/gender, Bisexual, Asexual, and Gay. It is the name of our Community news category due to the inclusion of news covering all of these segments in the Community. The eight pointed star used in this piece is also representative of the eight segments of the Community.
Myth: Greg Gutfeld said that asexuals are lepers
Fact: Asexuality isn’t a disease or something that needs to be cured by a doctor, it is an orientation.
Myth: Greg Gutfeld said thathe didn’t trust asexuals.
Fact: This is a baseless ad hominem attack on a community that Gutfeld didn’t even represent.
Myth: Dan Soder said that asexuality was boring.
Fact: Asexual experiences are far from boring. We raise fundamental, fascinating questions about the interplay between sexuality, emotional intimacy, sexual identity and human happiness.
Myth: Bill Schulz said that there was no societal discrimination against asexual people.
Fact: Asexual people don’t get discriminated against with hate speech the way that LGBT people are, we get dismissed offhand and told that we’re broken, and we are pathologized by society.
Myth: Bill Schulz said that there’s no reason for asexuals to seek recognition.
Fact: The asexual community must actively seek recognition in order to counter these myths and more that society holds.