Merriam-Webster to add Asexual as an orientation, Aromantic, and Agender to the dictionary
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Since February of 2017 people have been advocating for Merriam-Webster dictionary to add asexual as a sexual orientation, aromantic, and agender to the dictionary. These words define folks in the LGBTQIA+ community who are frequently overlooked or outright ignored. Often times people who choose to attempt keep these people out of the queer community cite the absence of each individual definition from the dictionary as cause to shun each group.
In February of 2017 Merriam-Webster dictionary was asked to add these words when they added words to the dictionary during their next round of additions. The dictionary responded with links to how to request words. Myself and others requested the addition of asexual as an orientation, aromantic, and agender to the dictionary. Merriam-Webster also stated words would be added if they were in 'edited and printed text' as well as 'used meaningfully.' People sent countless examples of both cases.
The thread of those first interactions can be found here:
A popular television show, BoJack Horseman, just made headlines featuring a coming out episode centered around the show's asexual character Todd Chavez. He attends an asexual meet-up, meets other aces, and even learns about aromanticism.
News of this very meaningful use of the terms asexual and aromantic can be found here:
Queerity article about Todd from BoJack Horseman featuring responses from the queer community.
Today the additions to Merriam-Webster's dictionary came out and none of these words were added.
I am heartbroken and disappointed that so many people are being, seemingly, willfully ignored when they are asking for this little bit of assistance. It is estimated that between 1 and 4% of the population falls within the asexual spectrum alone. Agender and aromantic folks also make up a small minority of the population but if words like "axinomancy" (apparently a form of divination that requires the use of an ax) can be added why can't asexual as a sexual orientation, aromantic, and agender?
Please sign this petition to show Merriam-Webster that asexuals, aromantics, agender folks as well as their allies are demanding these words be added to the dictionary.
Further reading on the term asexual:
Thank you for taking the time to sign this petition. Please pass it on to help spread the word. It may not seem like much but adding these three words to the dictionary will help a lot of people.
-Sarah "Neila" Elkins
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