Monday, December 1, 2008

Planned Parenthood says all people are sexual beings: Supplement

In my last post, I wrote about how Planned Parentood's claim on their website that all people are sexual beings functions to make asexuals invisible. One way that the claim could be maintained while not functioning to makes asexuals invisible would be to talk about asexuals in the context of the quote. I was curious if anyone actually does this.

The answer, as it turns out, is yes.

Planned Parenthood of Indiana has a article in their newsletter from summer '05 designed to help parents talk to their children about sexual orientation. They write:
All people are sexual beings. Engaging in sexual activity is a normal and natural way for humans to express their feelings, feel comforted and learn something about themselves.
On the same page, they write,
A third component, our sexual orientation, is how we label ourselves, whether we consider ourselves heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, or asexual.

Heterosexuality is the sexual attraction to members of the other gender, while homosexuality refers to sexual attraction to the same gender. A homosexual man may be called gay, while a homosexual woman may be called lesbian. Bisexuality is defined as attraction to both genders. Those who are not attracted to either gender are referred to as asexual. All of these orientations are normal and have no known cause.
For anyone interested, another example--this one coming from Planned Parenthood of New York City--can be found here. This file is a bit large. I suggest using CTRL + F. The second use of the word is the more interesting of the two.

Next time: A return to my regular scheduled blogging.

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