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Accessing health care on the asexual spectrum : A feminist analysis of patient-practitioner relationships and compulsory sexuality in medical discourse Public Deposited

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  • The LGBTQ population is widely recognized as an at-risk demographic—as a result ofstigma, studies report sexual and gender minorities experience elevated risk for depression,suicide, anxiety, and substance abuse, as well as greater exposure to sexual, physical, andinterpersonal violence (Logie 1244). Asexuality, a marginalized population traditionallyexcluded from the LGBTQ acronym, poses a unique set of challenges to existing health carepolicies and procedures. As neither queer nor asexual literature have adequately attended to suchchallenges, this study aims to address present limitations through two key inquiries: (1) How doace individuals approach and navigate discussions about their health and wellness with healthcare providers? and (2) What is the relationship between asexual identity and the ways oneaccesses health care? To critically engage with the research questions, this thesis employs adiscourse analysis of pre-existing public forum and blog posts collected from online asexualcommunity spaces which include narratives that allude to the impact of the naturalization ofsexuality, the medicalization of asexuality, and the conflation of libido with sexual attraction onaccess to health and wellness. Analysis of the collected data centers on the pathologization ofqueerness, existing wellness support networks, and perhaps most importantly, access to andcomfortability with current health care models.
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