Asexuality:  Mick Jagger, Erica Jong, Andy Warhol and other Celebrities Talk

redbeardace:

Occasionally, I search places like Amazon or eBay for “asexual” or “asexuality”, just to see if anything pops up.  Maybe a new book to buy (or rail against), maybe a new piece of purple camo to add to my collection.  Well, last week, this turns up:

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A copy of Forum magazine from 1979, featuring a story on asexuality.  I skimmed through the recent posts of old articles, and didn’t see this one, so I figured I might as well pick this up and see what it’s about.

If you couldn’t guess from this cover, it should be pointed out that “journal” and “relations” in the subtitle should be in air quotes.  It’s hardly a peer-reviewed journal, and the only “relations” discussed are the sexual kind.  The publisher is Bob Guccione, famous for Penthouse magazine.  In fact, this publication apparently later changed its name to “Penthouse Forum”.

In any case, the article…

As with other things from the 70′s, they way they mean “asexual” is not the way we mean “asexual”.  In fact, I don’t think they even know what they mean by it.  The article is similar to the 1978 Village Voice piece, Asexuality: Everybody’s Not Doing It, where instead of actually talking about what asexuality is, the author just goes around, asking famous people what they think about it, then prints what they say.  But instead of trying to weave some semblance of an article around the quotes like the Village Voice did, the Forum article just prints the quotes directly.  It’s like one of those lazy Celebrities React To News On Twitter “articles” that are so prevalent today.  Even the title is a rip-off of the Village Voice: “Asexuality: Is Everybody Not Doing It?”

Anyway, the “article” is mostly random celebrities trying to make up an answer to a question they know nothing about.  Some of them respond with “I have no idea what you’re talking about” or “It’s just a thing that the media is making up for money”.  There are a couple of noteworthy remarks, though.  First is the mention of “pansexual”, which I wasn’t expecting in something from 1979.  And the second is a line from Mick Jagger:  “Asexuality definitely avoids a lot of problems.”  (I should get that on a t-shirt.)

Anyway, here’s the article.  Don’t say you weren’t warned.

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