Last week, we discussed “Asexual and autoerotic women: two invisible groups,” a 1977 paper by Myra T. Johnson.
Johnson, M. (1977). Asexual and autoerotic women: two invisible groups. In H. Gorchros & J. Gochros (Eds.), The Sexually Oppressed. New York: Associated Press.
This paper is arguably the first academic paper to focus on what we think of asexuality today, although Johnson divided her conception of asexuality into two categories (depending on whether they masturbated or not) and focused only on women. The paper mostly focuses on the way that Western culture sees asexual women and how they fit into feminist movements of the day. Finally, she discusses the manner in which asexual women are indirectly oppressed by the way that their culture views them. A longer summary can be found here.
A general transcript of of the week’s conversation can be found here. Briefly, the conversation focused on some of the following topics:
- the historical distinction between masturbating and non-masturbating asexuals
- the similarities of the issues that Johnson brings up about being asexual in society and modern asexual discussion
As a reminder to anyone who would like to join in on these journal clubs, they are held at 1:00 PM PDT on Saturday afternoons over a group Skype chat. People who would like to be added to the skype chat should contact Skype user sennkestra and ask to be added to the group. Next Saturday, we will be reading “Asexuality: classification and characterization.”
Prause, N., & Graham, C. a. (2007). Asexuality: classification and characterization. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 36(3), 341–56. doi:10.1007/s10508-006-9142-3