‘”Asexual” isn’t who I am’: the politics of asexuality

Dawson, M., Scott, S. and McDonnell, L. (2018) ‘”Asexual” isn’t who I am’: the politics of asexuality. Sociological Research Online, 23(2), pp. 374-391. (doi:10.1177/1360780418757540)

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Abstract

Some literature on asexuality has claimed that it is inherently radical and contains the potential for resistance. Unfortunately, this literature has tended to be unempirical, has imagined asexuality as a disembodied entity, and has marginalised the multiple identities held by asexual people. This article, inspired by Plummer’s critical humanist approach, seeks to explore how individuals understand their asexuality to encourage forms of political action in the areas of identity, activism, online spaces, and LGBT politics. What we found was a plurality of experiences and attitudes with most adopting a pragmatic position in response to their social situation which saw large-scale political action as irrelevant. We conclude by reflecting on what these results mean for those who see asexuality as potentially radical.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Dawson, Dr Matt
Authors: Dawson, M., Scott, S., and McDonnell, L.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Journal Name:Sociological Research Online
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN:1360-7804
ISSN (Online):1360-7804
Published Online:23 February 2018
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 The Authors
First Published:First published in Sociological Research Online 23(2):374-391
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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