While I was at the AASECT (American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists) conference there was a silent auction which included 3 human sexuality text books- all three of which had some sort of entry on Asexuality and I’ll write more later about the actual text in the books (I won 2 of the books but not the 3rd). But for now I just thought I’d share the picture for Asexuality in “Sexuality Today, Tenth Addition” by Gary F. Kelly. (the other 2 text books didn’t have a picture for asexuality).
The caption for the image is: Asexual people seem to have lower than average propensities for sexual excitation and arousal with a partner. Their levels of sexual interest in masturbation are more typical.
My first thought is to wonder which one is supposed to be asexual- the girl who seems to be pining over someone or the boy in the background who has other things on his mind. Or is the boy obviously not asexual because he’s sexting with someone while the girl is obviously lonely because asexuals don’t have any friends? How exactly is this image supposed to be instructive?
Please share your thoughts and interpretations of the image!