It's not often that I side with one of my characters over another, but I will in this case - Jamie is 100% right and Max and Trent are 100% wrong. I've got no beef with the aces. You kids are alright.
I remember being surprised and confused, the first time I read about the phenomenon of bi-erasure. I hadn't yet experienced it in the wild, and I couldn't really understand why anyone would have a problem with bisexuals, presuming said problem didn't stem from a larger grievance with homosexuality. Asexual and aromantic erasure, on the other hand, that I can understand being a major issue. You pretty much never see aces in the media (that guy from Big Bang Theory being one of the only examples I can think of) and there's a tendency for the uninformed to simply assume that their friend just hasn't met the right girl yet, or they're secretly gay, or they have some sort of emotional problem, or what-have-you.
You don't get a lot of church groups dedicated to eliminating the scourge of asexuality, either, which, when you stop and think about it, is also kinda weird. Aren't we commanded to be fruitful and multiply?
(Tuesday, JH and EB's apartment. JH, EB, MH and TH are playing Slapfight.)
JH: But surely you have to concede that some otherwise healthy people are naturally asexual.
MH: No I don't, and don't call me Shirley.
TH: I'm pretty sure asexuality in adults is actually classed as a disorder.
JH: Well, if it is, it shouldn't be. I don't see why it's any different from any other nontraditional sexual orientation. I guess it's just like the atheist argument about how they're like monotheists, but they follow one less god. Asexuals are like vanilla straight people, they just have one less fetish.
MH: Look at it this way. You're a cook. You can probably accept that some people like different foods than others, that some people like spicy food, some people like bland food, whatever. But how would you feel if you met someone who claimed they hated the digestive process in its entirety?
JH: That's different. You need to eat to survive.
MH: Maybe they don't. Maybe they eat intravenously. Maybe they're solar powered. Maybe they're a Highlander.
JH: Well if I ever meet a solar-powered Scotsman, I'll make a point of respecting his lifestyle choices.