This post has been cross-posted to The Asexual Agenda.
This post was written for the August 2014 Carnival of Aces. This month’s theme is “the Unassailable Asexual.” You too can submit!
Trigger warnings: If you have any sexual violence-related triggers, please consider skipping this post. Frank (although not explicit) discussion of sexual violence (including corrective rape) and associated emotional fallout, victim-blaming, invalidation, manipulation of survivors and their stories for political ends, and general suckiness ahead. There should also be a blanket trigger warning for sexual violence for almost every link in this post. If you think this needs additional warnings, please let me know.
I discovered the Wikipedia page for asexuality in January of 2008. By September of the same year, I had PTSD. These two facts are not unrelated.