“An atheist loves his fellow man instead of god. An atheist believes that heaven is something for which we should work now – here on earth for all men together to enjoy. An atheist believes that he can get no help through prayer but that he must find in himself the inner conviction and strength to meet life, to grapple with it, to subdue it, and enjoy it. An atheist believes that only in a knowledge of himself and a knowledge of his fellow man can he find the understanding that will help to a life of fulfillment. He seeks to know himself and his fellow man rather than to know a god. An atheist believes that a hospital should be built instead of a church. An atheist believes that a deed must be done instead of a prayer said. An atheist strives for involvement in life and not escape into death. He wants disease conquered, poverty vanquished, war eliminated. He wants man to understand and love man. He wants an ethical way of life. He believes that we cannot rely on a god or channel action into prayer nor hope for an end of troubles in a hereafter. He believes that we are our brother’s keepers and are keepers of our own lives; that we are responsible persons and the job is here and the time is now.”—Definition of atheism given to the Supreme Court of the United States in the case of Murray v. Curlett, 374 U.S. 203, 83 S. Ct. 1560, 10 L.Ed.2d (MD, 1963)
My professor was talking about sexual development and she starting listing different sexualities, and when she came to asexuality she goes, ‘And some people believe this thing called asexuality exists, but it doesn’t. The people who call themselves asexual have either never had sex, so they don’t know what to feel, or they were sexually abused.’
I flipped the fuck out. I was like, ‘Um, I identify as asexual and I have had sex, and I have never been sexually abused. I just don’t crave physically intimacy. I crave emotional and romantic intimacy.’ But she just kept saying, ‘No, no, you’re wrong.’
Are you kidding me?
That’s absolutely horrible! Is it possible you can turn her in to the school somehow? Last time I checked, schools are not allowed to bug you about your orientation and for you to try and explain something to her about your orientation and have her upset you like that and tell you you’re wrong is just…my god, I both can and can’t believe someone would do something like that, and a professor of all people, and in the middle of class!
I had a similarly invalidating professor, and although that professor did not explicitly state “No you’re not asexual,” (it was more of a “you’ll grow out of it”) that professor was still reprimanded by a dean when I spoke to one.
GOSH what is this even, “they don’t know what to feel or they were sexually abused” - this is the most stupid thing I’ve ever heard! o___O
Another thing that bugs me about this particular pro-life movement is how closely it resembles the day of silence, which is a day for all LGBT/GSM supporters to stay silent all day. When I was in school participating in this movement people would get bullied all the time for it. I’d hear people say to other people “This is the day all those fags shut up. Great, now we don’t have to hear them speak”. I wonder if these pro-lifers would get that same treatment? Somehow I don’t think so.