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New Philosophical Interpretation of the Asexual Spectrum!

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A new philosophy article considers the interactions between feelings, emotions, and labels on the asexual spectrum. Here's the abstract:

"Scientific discourse often relies on understanding labels as immutable and categorical. When spectrums of sexual identities are examined, it becomes clear that mechanisms for changes in labels are necessary. One proposed mechanism for how labels change in their meaning, and shape those who are labeled, is the looping effect, described by Ian Hacking (1995a). However, this mechanism does not account for the importance of individuals’ experience and feelings in the labels that apply to them and that they choose. Feelings under dynamic description describes how emotions are constrained and created by the descriptions they are given and how feelings that arise outside of the accepted boundaries can prompt a new label. When the scientific immutable–categorical perspective, the looping effect, and feelings under dynamic description are each applied to the asexual continuum of identities, the necessity of understanding the bottom-up process of feelings under dynamic description becomes clear. The asexual continuum, currently comprising asexual, gray asexual, demi sexual, and allosexual, spans the variations of sexual attraction one might feel for others, from no sexual attraction to others to consistent understanding and endorsement of the feeling of sexual attraction to others. Given that these identities are defined by the degree to which sexual feelings are lacking, it is an ideal case to explore how descriptions of feelings interact with the feelings themselves, not only creating new labels but also shaping the associated emotions."

Cowan, Tovah, and André LeBlanc. “Feelings under Dynamic Description: The Asexual Spectrum and New Ways of Being." Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology 38, no. 1 (2018): 29-41.

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Ficto.

This is Tumblerina heaven lol

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Sally

What is with all the exclamation points?   Ironic or serious?  

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Pramana
22 minutes ago, Sally said:

What is with all the exclamation points?   Ironic or serious?  

Why not both? Ironic and serious.

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FaerieFate

Psst, you forgot the link. I need links to index this.

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Pramana
2 hours ago, FaerieFate said:

Psst, you forgot the link. I need links to index this.

Unfortunately, I don't think there's a publicly accessible version: http://psycnet.apa.org/record/2018-03499-001

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