Why Asexual is a Label I Need: An Open Letter to Matty Silver

An open letter in response to Matty Silver’s article in the SMH: ‘Asexuality: Don’t be too hasty with labels.’ Dear Ms Silver, As an asexual person and an asexual activist, I am always happy to see asexuality featured in public discourse. As a sexual orientation, asexuality is woefully under-studied, under-discussed and under-represented in the media … More Why Asexual is a Label I Need: An Open Letter to Matty Silver

Boxes and Boxes: why bother with orientation at all?

One of the things that often comes up in conversations about sexuality is that people don’t see why sexual orientation and identity has to be that big a deal in people’s lives. It’s an idea that frustrates me a bit, because most of the time that sort of comment will come from someone who actually … More Boxes and Boxes: why bother with orientation at all?

Labels

  Over the last few weeks there have been several instances where I’ve felt challenged on the fact that I claim the label “asexual” for myself. I know that labels can be used to put people in boxes. I know that labels make some people invisible because they don’t completely fit into that description. I … More Labels