By Angie Bhundia
Lately, it has been observed that people relish the idea of belonging to a minority. Being different, and often a victim to discrimination has recently lost its unappealing nature, relinquishing itself to admiration. Political correctness and acceptance are massively important, however, some people simply take it too far.
An example of this would be the surge of acceptance and tolerance towards new sexualities. Overall, the increase in acceptance has been an incredibly positive development (even leading to the legalization of gay marriage in the USA, among other countries). Unfortunately, with it, as with all developments (one step forwards, two steps back), has emerged a flow of ‘new sexualities’, which are essentially paraphrasings of phenomenon that already existed, perhaps just namelessly.
Whether it be a question of race, sexuality, gender, or physical and mental capacities, people are discriminated against, and this discrimination can be traumatizing. These minorities struggle in a fight against extrinsic and intrinsic forces, long and hard, to gain the awareness, rights and help they truly deserve. They are not homosexual to be quirky, or trendy, nor are they against sexism because they got whistled at once at the train station.
While this may be seen by many as a result of widespread acceptance encouraging these individuals to raise awareness about these labels that they identify with, it could also be seen as decreasing the effectiveness of the traditional labels that most of the LGBT community associate themselves with. Demisexuality (“a sexual orientation in which someone feels sexual attraction only to people with whom they have an emotional bond”), for example, could potentially be rephrased as somebody with a lower libido, or somebody who regards sex as an emotional affair, rather than just a physical one.
This label could surely be attributed to a majority of people, but why does it require a name? This is not to say that ‘demisexuality’ does not exist, but while its definition is entirely plausible, this act of giving it a name does not seem to improve the situation.
The prefix ‘demi’ has Ancient Greek roots, literally translated to ‘half’. Sexuality (as defined by Oxford) is: “the capacity for sexual feelings”. Technically meaning ‘half-sexual’, by definition it is not a sexuality. Although some people might feel the need to identify with ‘demisexuality’, there is no need to raise awareness, or campaign for ‘demisexual rights’ and acceptance. In doing so, those who belong to the LGBT community’s battle has been rendered futile.
In these tangled waves of acceptance, certain absolutely absurd conditions have come to the surface: the state of being ‘trans-abled’, for example. Healthy, abled people, who feel disabled, and trapped in the ‘wrong body’. The consequence? Acquiring these disabilities through surgical means. Supposedly comparable to a sex change, although one might genuinely feel as though this is a reality, if we were to accept this, would we be taking a step too far?
Sure, we all have rights, but sticking a label that nobody has ever heard of on yourself will not change anything. With or without the label, you will remain the same. Why campaign for something minor, when whilst doing so, others’ pleas (urgent pleas) cannot be heard?
Definition of demisexuality: demisexuality.org
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