Friday, July 8th, 2016 12:26 pm (UTC)
Oh yes, it's very much a simplification. It works pretty well for me, so I use it, but even I have trouble eg I experience sexual attraction so rarely it's hard to say what my sexual orientation is beyond grey asexual. There are other people for whom the distinction between sexual and romantic attraction (or between romantic attraction and friendship, and so on) is impossible to neatly untangle. And yeah: the split attraction model says I'm in a distinct category from, say, aromantic bisexuals, but to me it feels more like we're both bi+ asexual/aromantic.

Going back to ignoring asexulity and aromanticism would be a step backward, but hopefully something better than the split attraction model will come along. In the mean time it's a useful kludge.

Agreed on the similarity to disability! And I wouldn't be surprised if, should some major disability realted conflict come up in the queer community, there'd be people saying "the important thing is queer solidarity" etc :/

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