Asexuals aren’t persecuted for being asexual exactly; by and large, the message they get from society is that they do not exist and that there is no way to feel what they do without being damaged or sick. It’s not an experience of outward oppression so much as it’s an experience of omission. Aromantic asexuals get to go through life with queer and non-queer populations alike making certain assumptions about their failure to couple up, andromantic asexuals are repeatedly sent messages about how dysfunctional their relationships must be if sex isn’t involved–this might even come from the heteroromantic asexual’s partner(s).
Good article. Doesn’t really answer the question so much as lays things out from both sides, which I think was a really good way to go about it.