This morning the Huffington Post published the first article in a six-part feature on asexuality. It is being widely praised by the asexual community as an important and valuable tool in their ongoing work toward education and inclusion.
“It is very exciting to see a major news outlet like the Huffington Post cover asexuality so positively,” said Sara Beth Brooks, the founder of asexual organization Asexual Awareness Week. She continued, “Ms. Mosbergen really took the time to listen to our community and this series reflects that allyship. We look forward to more of her articles this week.” Each day this week, through Saturday June 22, a new part of the series will be posted.
Lara has kept this video on her task bar for over a month. She has not yet had time to review it in full, but many people on AVEN have already commented on it. It has been posted here for the people who have not seen it on Youtube or a similar site yet,.
Asexual News has experienced chaotic conditions for the past few months. Lara has been busy with other work and one of the editors quit. With all of the changes, it is now down to a one person operation. This is not as bad as it may seem. Most of the stories on this site have been written by one person for over a year now.
Few people touch on religion and asexuality, and those who do often assume that Asexuals deal with fewer problems when it comes to following their faith than their sexual counterparts. A Christian Today blogger echoed this sentiment, but he does not condemn anyone for their sexuality.
People who pay attention to the media in the United States may find the tone of his column a refreshing change. Bridget Benton only condemns people for accusing other of having lust, asking his readers if it is right for anyone who has committed lust to cast the first stone. However, the assumption remains that no asexual possesses any form of romantic desire.
Allen Frances, head of the DSM-IV task force, continues his criticism of the DSM-5 in a recent Wired column. He has been one of the most vocal critics of the new edition of the psychiatric Bible. The newest recent criticism echoes a complaint made by the British Psychological Society. Frances believes the new edition of the book is exactly what the pharmaceutical companies wanted it to be. Decreased diagnostic criteria for certain illnesses are likely to increase the number of people on prescription psychotropic medications. Frances levied a criticism alternative medical practitioners have made against standard medical doctors for years.
One competitor dropped out of the race for the female Viagra. Many pharmaceutical companies want to capitalize on this market that could be worth a billion dollars. Boehringer International announced an end to its trials after its female viagra failed in early trials.
Girosa, like many of its competitors, did not target the post-menopausal women. Unlike Biosante's Libigel, Girosa did not attempt to correct the normal drop off in testosterone that occurs when women get older. Testosterone, which is normally considered to be the male sex hormone, controls the sex drive in both men and women.
The Food and Drug Administration recommended the company continue the trials on post-menopausal women, but the company decided to pull out. A spokesperson for the company said that they prefered to find out that the drug had failed early in the trials. Pharmaceutical companies spend much more money if they continue the research into later trials.
Asexuals are worried about the inclusion of Hyperactive Sexual Desire Disorder in the DSM. The DSM 5 splits the disorder into two conditions, one male and one female. Time Magazine and other sources have questioned the legitimacy of the decision to make a different diagnosis for women.
Boeheringer researchers originally intend the drug to work as an antidepressant. The drug failed its first test, but people taking the drug reported that it increased sex drive. Company marketers decided to enter the drug in the race for female Viagra.
America may be hypersexualized, but this seems to have nothing to do with the availability of the Plan B contraception pill. Both sides of the issue seem to miss an important point when it comes to such medication. While there may be a need for emergency contraception, especially in cases of rape or molestation, no one seems to be asking if the drug is safe enough to be made available over the counter.
Local municipalities have already placed limitations on certain over-the-counter medications that are too dangerous to be made available without restrictions. Sudafed and the generic decongestants are often sold behind the counter in an attempt to limit the production of methamphetamines. The Plan B pill, which Pro-Life groups call an abortion pill, prevents conception if taken within a certain amount of time after intercourse.
The Asexual and Visibility Education Network in France celebrated Asexuality Day in April. Like many of AVEN's projects, the day is designed to raise awareness of the one percent of the population who does not experience sexual attraction, according to the Digital Journal.
French AVENites choose the day. Similar days occur in other countries, including the Asexual Visibility and Education Day, which takes place on October 12 in the United States, Canada, England, New Zealand, and Australia.
Asexual News did not plan to take nearly a month off in April. Lara's netbook was on the fritz, and her desktop PC, which was nearly twelve years old, made writing pieces difficult. Her tablet, while speedy, did not provide the ideal environment for writing. She resolved this problem with a purchase of a new computer.
The staff apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.