Friday, January 16, 2009

Asexual Wikipedia Fight Reproduces By Itself

One of the most important ongoing sources of asexual visibility is the Wikipedia article on the subject. Because it is one of the main sources of information for many people first learning about asexuality and because of the many asexohaters on the web, it has been the location of numerous fights.

Keeping it ace-friendly requires constant vigilance. We must make sure no one has deleted the article replacing it with the name of some guy the vandals know. We must undo changes by Wikipediites who have decided to randomly insert the word 'penis' in various places throughout the article. And most importantly, we must protect it against uncited additions to 'famous asexuals.'

This has been one of the most contentious sections of the article, and the rule that has been laid down is that any inclusion will be deleted without a verifying source.

But those who monitor the article know that there is one ongoing fight about someone who is repeatedly added and then deleted, added and then deleted again. Someone who is on record as being asexual. Someone who lives in a pineapple under the sea.

According to the New York Times, in early 2005, Focus on the Family, along with a few other like-minded organizations, accused the creators of Spongebob Squarepants of using the character to advance a "pro-homosexual agenda." The creator of the show responded that this criticism is nonsense, saying that Spongebob is neither straight nor gay. And he used the a-word. And there is an online news article in People that can be cited to verify this fact.

Thus the battle on Wikiepdia. One the one side are the Spongebob-adders. Their argument: "I have a source. Oh yeah!" On the other side are the Spongebob-deleters. Their argument: "You're a moron!"

But we need to examine the relevant quote more closely. The show’s creator said that [promoting a "pro-homosexual agenda"]
"doesn't have anything to do with what we're trying to do. We never intended [Spongebob and Patrick Starfish] to be gay. I consider them to be almost asexual. We're just trying to be funny and this has got nothing to do with the show.
As we can clearly see, Spongebob and Patrick are in fact Gray-A's.

4 comments:

Ily said...

I definitely appreciate all those who fight the good fight in regards to our wikipedia article. I'm just thinking, in relation to SpongeBob, "WHY did they have to say ALMOST?" Although I do get a kick out of them being Gray-As.

Queers United said...

Well if Spongebob is indeed Asexual, I could see it mentioned on the asex page but not under famous people. He isn't real lol. Though if there a section for media recognition etc that would be good.

pretzelboy said...

Uncyclopedia's article on asexuality has a section on famous asexuals in fiction and literature.

Queers United said...

there are so many wannabe fake wikis its so funny