The asexual population is often quoted as being around 1 percent of the entire population. From what I can tell, that's based on a census form that was filled out in the UK in 1994, where 1% agreed with the statement that they never felt sexually attracted to anyone (academic article by Anthony Bogaert, published in 2004 ; get the gist of the research in this CNN article).
I highly doubt that research result of 1 percentage is an accurate representation of an asexual minority for several reasons, but that's not the point of this topic (discussion of the validity of the percentage here). So lets for a moment assume the 1% is representative. My point is this: this statistic keeps popping up in discussions of asexuality on AVEN, other internet fora, and in the media. Any self-respecting media outlet, be it tv or paper, will at some point in the introduction of asexuality mention this statistic.
I'm wondering why is this statistic is considered such an integral part of the discussion of or introduction to asexuality? Is it desirable to be so hung up on this statistic?
I for one think it's next to irrelevant to the discussion. It doesn't matter how big or small the group of identified asexuals is, and mentioning this 1% suggests that not only are we a minority, we're a very small minority. So asexuality gets portrayed not only as a largely unknown identity, but also as a rare identity, because it's only 1 percent of the entire population.
Did you get it, dear reader / listener? Rare and unknown. I will be interviewing a rare and unknown species of humanity right here. And no, my dear friend / family member, you cannot be asexual, because it's rare and unknown. 1%, remember, the statistics are against you.
Yet, compared to the (highly fluctuating) statistics on (other) LGBT+ identities (transgender statistics here), asexuality is not even the rarest identity out there, nor are the statistics very far off the identities quotes there... Which leads back to my question on the desirability of including the statistics in the discussions of asexuality. thoughts?