Letters to an Asexual #67 (“Prove you get harassed–with numbers!”)

This is #67 of a series in which I read correspondence between me and people who have questions, comments, or–more often–misconceptions about asexuality.

This one is about someone who said my book’s descriptions of negative reactions to asexuality can’t be taken seriously because I don’t give statistics on how many people this affects and don’t quote studies proving how and in what ways we are harassed. The commenter also accused me of misrepresenting the content of the academic resources I did quote from and said the citations were “cherry picked.” I explain why this comes from an inappropriate place and holds us to an unreasonable standard.