, at swankivy
's journal, she has a petition to include "asexual" and "pansexual" amongst the drop-down options for social networking sites such as MySpace, FaceBook, etc. Go sign it!
Here's the petition's text:
"To: MySpace, Facebook, and other social networking sites
We are asking that MySpace, Facebook, and other social networking sites expand the available options for users in the "sexual orientation" category. Currently, most sites only offer "gay," "straight," or "bi," and some also allow a "not sure" and/or "no answer" option, but options for "asexual" and "pansexual" aren't listed. It's important to acknowledge that failure to include these categories forces asexuals and pansexuals to misrepresent themselves with another answer or to be unable to answer truthfully at all. These categories are not made up, nor are they a subsection of any of the available options. Thousands of people identify themselves with these terms and aren't being offered an appropriate choice.
An asexual is a person who doesn't experience sexual attraction (not "no sexual orientation" so much as it is "a sexual orientation of no"). A pansexual is a person whose attraction to others goes beyond bisexuality (it specifies a person whose attraction can express toward any person, regardless of biological sex or gender orientation, usually with the understanding that it is a sexual interest that grows from initially emotional attraction). Leaving asexuals without an option forces them to choose "no answer" or some other misrepresentation, and leaving pansexuals without an option removes their ability to express that they can experience attraction outside the gender binary.
We think it would reflect a progressive and open-minded view to consider these additions, and we think being in touch with members' need for proper expression options is very important for any influential social networking site. Please take our suggestions into consideration.
The Undersigned"Here's the link: http://www.petitiononline.com/asm55579/petition.html
Exercise your democratic right to