This is the title of a section about asexuality in the textbook Sexuality Now: Embracing Diversity by Janell L. Carroll, the revised version copyright 2010, which has a brief mention of AVEN. Here is the unfortunate passage in its entirety:
“A final type of gender category is asexuality. On occassion, usually because of a mother’s hormone use during pregnancy, a child is born without sexual organs of any kind. This means that the child has no ovaries, uterus, or vagina; has no penis or testicles; and usually has only a bladder and a urethra ending in an aperture for the elimination of urine. Although such a child has a genetic gender (that is, has XX or XY chromosomes), the child has no biological gender. Most are assigned a gender in chilhood, are given hormones, and live as male or female.
In 2001, the Asexual Visibility and Education Network (AVEN) was founded to facilitate the growth of the online asexual community and help build acceptance and discussion of these issues (see Chapter Resources for more information). Over the last few years, a growing movement in support of asexuality has been building, helping develop programs for asexuals and foster research (Prause and Graham, 2007). Today AVEN is the world’s largest asexual community.” (emphasis in original; page 105)
Following that is a brief definition, which says: “Asesuality: Often refers to the lack of sexual desire but can also refer to a lack of maleness or femaleness.” I have found no other relevant mentions of asexuality in the rest of the book.
I’m not going to provide any commentary on this, as I trust you all will have commentary to provide yourselves. (Plus it’s late and I’m typing on a really crappy keyboard.)