Now I’m trying to remember but I do think I know which one. Regardless, if you wanna get really fun and technical and in a really awkward place for mental health everywhere, what we know about paedophilia points to it operating for all intents and purposes similar to a sexual orientation. So technically they are both legitimately forms of sexual orientation in a scientific sense of operation or rather genesis HOWEVER paedophilia hits all the qualifiers of psychological abnormality besides just being not normal – it also causes distress, is deviant, would result in dysfunctional relationships and obviously a dysfunctional sexuality, and can pose a danger. Asexuality is just abnormal (we are! We are statistically and scientifically abnormal!) Which is why we need to study paedophilia more to see if it fully operates as an orientation or something else – because the former can’t currently be changed bar chemical castration (and I wonder how or if one could chemically castrate a female bodied individual to where there’s no libido? So we’d have to study female sexual functions more too!) and the latter means we need more study to figure out wtf it is.
Science: that shit’s complex. More complex than most casual tumblr users can handle. Which is frustrating for insufferable know it all’s like me
Link to the comic Claude is referring to.
Quit comparing asexuality to pedophilia. In fact, quit treating pedophilia like it’s a sexual orientation because that only makes pedophiles feel justified about being attracted to children.
Also, instead of describing AFAB people as ‘female-bodied’ you need to say ‘assigned female at birth’. ‘__-bodied’ implies that person is inherently male or female regardless of how they identify, which is a form of misgendering.