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The CDC apparently hasn't noticed us yet
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nightengalesknd wrote in asexuality
Just saw a report today. Between 2011-2013 The CDC surveyed over 10,000 people ages 18-44 and asked questions about sexual attraction, sexual experiences and identity orientation.

http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2016/images/01/06/nhsr88.pdf

The word "asexual" does not appear in the report.
The idea of not having sexual attraction to anyone doesn't appear in their report, really, either.

Their options for identity? Straight/homosexual, homosexual/gay/lesbian, bisexual and "don't know." (About 1% of their sample either answered "don't know" or did not answer that question.

There's no way for an asexual to answer that question. I "know."

Apparently they used to also offer a "something else" category but stopped in 2008 because less than 1% of people identified as "something else" and so that didn't affect their distribution of sexual identity.(http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhsr/nhsr036.pdf)

For attraction, they offered "only attracted to men," "mostly attracted to men," "equally attracted to women and men," "mostly attracted to women," "only attracted to women," and "not sure."

There's no way for an aromatic asexual to answer that question either, because I'm definitely "sure."

Here's hoping the CDC will decide to count us next time?

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Disappointing, but not unexpected. With massive population sampling like that, the researchers are bound to skew things in favour of the majority groups and eliminate certain variables for ease of processing.

My dates/timing might be out of whack, but the report was designed prior to 2011. When did the asexual awareness movement really begin to gain traction and public notice? Was it before then or after?

This com dates from 2002 and AVEN from 2001. I'm not sure we yet DO have public notice.

I was less disappointed in the omission of "asexuality" than I am in the dropping of a "neither" category. If they let us say we aren't attracted to anyone, we are still measured, if not labeled. If the only option is to opt out or say "unsure," we can't even really take the survey. Even if they've never heard of asexuality, you'd hope the researchers would consider that "neither" could be a possible answer worth counting.

Bauer from the youtube channel Aces Wild wrote an email to the CDC about ways to improve their surveying wrt sexuality: http://wildasexuals.tumblr.com/post/136821002195/nhsr-88-and-asexuality

Hopefully the CDC will take her message seriously and start including the possibility of people being certain of having a sexual orientation other than gay/straight/bi, and the possibility of people experiencing no sexual attraction.

Oh good. Please update if she gets a response!

I've just noticed this also excluded Asian, Middle Eastern, and other culture/racial groups aside from Hispanic/Latino, white, African-American/black, or Native American.


I suppose it's a plus they actually included 'Native American' as a choice, but the lack of an 'other' still bothers me.

You know you've been othered when you're not even given an 'other'.


(edited for spelling & capitalisation)

Edited at 2016-01-09 01:21 pm (UTC)

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