Although biases against homosexuals (and bisexuals) are well established, potential biases against a largely unrecognized sexual minority group, asexuals, has remained uninvestigated. In two studies (university student and community samples) we examined the extent to which those not desiring sexual activity are viewed negatively by heterosexuals. We provide the first empirical evidence of intergroup bias against asexuals (the so-called “Group X”), a social target evaluated more negatively, viewed as less human, and less valued as contact partners, relative to heterosexuals and other sexual minorities. Heterosexuals were also willing to discriminate against asexuals (matching discrimination against homosexuals). Potential confounds (e.g., bias against singles or unfamiliar groups) were ruled out as explanations. We suggest that the boundaries of theorizing about sexual minority prejudice be broadened to incorporate this new target group at this critical period, when interest in and recognition of asexuality is scientifically and culturally expanding.
Wow. I can’t access the full PDF but I’m sort of thrilled that this has been published. Hopefully an ace who can access the full PDF will upload it/link it somewhere.
Yeah, anyone have access and can upload this so we can all view it? That would be excellent!
That’s usually considered pretty disrespectful to the author, isn’t it? Emailing around is one thing, but posting it on the ‘Net would almost certainly violate the TOS of whatever database gave the poster access in the first place…
Eh. Yeah, I wouldn’t put it up for an upload like that—but generally, if you need it and can’t get another email, if you email the primary author and ask for a copy you can almost always get one that way.
I don’t think many authors of academic papers would really object as strongly to that as authors of other media, though? After all, the authors aren’t getting a financial kickback from the journal anyway—all academic papers to journals are submitted for free, and all the peer editing is also done for free by volunteers. The journal’s work mostly comes in organizing. So at least in my experience, there really isn’t much fuss about papers going around paywalls like that, since most of the labor involved in creating them is free labor anyway, particularly the labor of the authors themselves.