I'm not sure how I feel about that. Maybe now that they've taken my term, I'll have to switch to another. I'd hate to be painted guilty by association.
One might wonder how that would happen. Well, you see, apparently, this category is part of a new term people are trying to popularize. Back when I was in college, the GLBT acronym was thought to span the spectrum (outside of straight folks, who don't count because they're in the majority I guess). Now there's this new-fangled one I ran across while reading up on a controversy in the Young Adult novel world: QUILTBAG.
(I would hereby like to suggest that this acronym be made plural to include straight folks in the name of the diversity the folks who came up with the term claim to value.)
"Nurul says: September 13, 2011 at 10:19 am
"Ooh, is that A in your QUILTBAG stands for asexual? Because if yes then thank goodness, someone remembers us! It seems like the world refuses to acknowledge that we exist."
And have a Facebook group to prove it. So what are other folks in this strange group like? Feel free to check out some of their sites.
"S.O. says: September 13, 2011 at 2:36 pm
"there’s a few discussion communities on this topic:
So I'm part of an acronym that also contains labels for behaviors I do not condone. What's a Christian girl to do?
I sometimes joke that the only thing worse than Christian young adults telling their parents that they're homosexual seems to be telling their parents that they're asexual. In our culture (even in the church), being asexual is a kind of perversion reserved for the crazies and/or the most holy (monks, mystics, martyrs, and suchlike). Mad people wired for self-sacrifice or self-destruction. It's threatening to believers and non-believers alike for someone to look and say, "You know, this game you all play so intently holds no interest for me, so I'm just going to go do something else with my time and energy."
I'm not sure what I think about being in a QUILTBAG category. In the church, we're taught that this lack of sexual desire is a spiritual gift, but spiritual gifts are given by the Holy Spirit to the Church to help us serve others, so where do a bunch of "secular" asexuals leave my theology?