“Asexuality has been called the first ‘Internet orientation’ because so many people discover asexuality and connect with the community online, but there’s also a strong network of meet-up groups in different cities.”
The term “internet orientation” sounds interesting – many (if not most?) people first learn about asexuality online. Sexual attraction is a very personal thing – it’s difficult to talk about why you’re attracted to certain people and not others, or even not at all. Perhaps it’s also a product of our culture – specifically, advertisers selling products by using sex, because (apparently) everyone wants it. As a result, asexuals often feel “broken” or “wrong” because they’re not interested in sex or romance, or they’re not attracted to someone they’re “supposed” to be attracted to. Not to mention the classic line “you just haven’t found the right person yet.”
It’s not too difficult to find examples of gay, lesbian, or transgender individuals throughout history, but how often will you find someone who’s asexual? With the internet’s capability to spread information and connect people from around the world, it becomes much easier to find people who share similar interests and qualities. It helps people find others like them.
I don’t really have much else to say that would be relevant to gender/media, but the term “internet orientation” really stuck with me.