I’ve been getting quite a few questions as to what OTJ means/stands for, so here’s a quick summary of the background and status of this term.
The Claim: Calling non-aces “sexual people” is offensive/slut-shaming
Calling people “sexual” reduces them to the sex acts they perform
It makes people…
In fighting so hard for non-normative, non-hegemonic sexual practices and desires to be recognized as legitimate, or fighting for space for such desires/practices/individuals in our society, our queer communities often forget those folks who don’t identify with a sexuality or have sexual desire. Yet another marginalized community within a marginalized community. It’s important to self-inform about all the various forms of self-/gender-/sexual- expression within our communities and not jump to judging the ways they struggle to define themselves in a community that so often overlooks their existence.
This link outlines some of the arguments for and against the asexual or “ace” community calling those who identify otherwise “sexual”.
[also, if I have mis-framed this argument, please do alert me, I’m still learning]
(My reblogged response from my Queer Studies group blog.)