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    We've got the situation right now in the asexual community where there is one academic book about us - for $40 in print and $30 for Kindle - and the rest is journal articles. Which with a few exceptions are nearly or over $30 a pop. Non-academic non-fiction books do not exist beyond one written pseudonymously within the community and pop magazine articles usually are interview-based with little mention of current research.

    So practically no one in the asexual community can read the actual research and psychological theorizing going on about us. Meanwhile, the people in the psychological community who want to push asexuals into therapy protocols that have change of orientation as a major goal if not the only goal can afford the journals that have articles explaining why they should stop doing that.

    Up to a 70% lifetime suicidal ideation or attempt risk according to at least one community survey, and we can't access the information that could help us defend ourselves from being pushed closer to the edge by the psych community because it's priced too high for any of us to afford.

    I've got issues with at least one family member because the only information I can provide is the free online stuff from pseudonymous community members. Everything else costs $30 - and then you get to find out whether or not the researchers were publishing pro-reparation-therapy conclusions or not.

    Prayers and best wishes to those in Japan.

    by Cassandra Waites on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 12:14:00 PM PST

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