Question of the Week: September 16th, 2014

Do you feel that any particular aspect of your identity is a choice?

I identify as gray-A, but this identity feels somewhat chosen to me.  A person with similar experiences could plausibly identify as asexual or non-asexual.  I choose to identify as gray-A, not because I think I have some experience which completely disqualifies me as asexual, but because I think it works out better for me this way.

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Linkspam: September 12th, 2014

Every Friday, we will share links to news, blogs, and anything else we find interesting.  We can’t catch everything, so you are invited to self-promote in the comments!

Aqua wrote about other ways of being an assailable asexual.

aceadmiral is starting an ace scholarship.  Here’s an update on the project.

Spade considers the absence of Christians in the online ace community.

Sarah explains why she doesn’t identify as asexual.

DiversifYA ran a guest piece from Swankivy about asexual representation in fiction.

rotten-zucchinis has some more thoughts on last month’s Carnival.

aceadmiral had some thoughts about consent.

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Question of the Week: September 9th, 2014

We’ve been having a lot of discussions lately on my feeds about how the asexual community relates to itself and specific smaller groups inside it.

What do you think of when people say “the asexuality community?” Do you think of communities primarily online or off? Do you think of the community being centralized or spread out, and where do you think it’s located?

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Linkspam: September 5th, 2014

Every Friday, we will share links to news, blogs, and anything else we find interesting.  We can’t catch everything, so you are invited to self-promote in the comments!

Queenie reviewed The Invisible Orientation.

SL Huang interviewed Swankivy about The Invisible Orientation.

luvtheheaven wrote about sex-positivity, compulsory sexuality, and AVEN.

Spade (The Ace Theist) wants to write a How to Not to Hose Up Your 101 Powerpoint 101 post, and is looking for input.

mild-madness wrote about the ethics of expecting sex from someone who isn’t sexually attracted to you. (content note: discussion of rape)

Dragon wrote about respectability politics.

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Carnival of Aces: The Unassailable Asexual

In the last month, the Carnival of Aces accumulated an incredible number of responses. The theme, “The Unassailable Asexual”, must have inspired a lot of people.

For September, the carnival is being hosted by Grace of Diamonds, and the theme is “Asexuals, Advocacy, and Allies”. Please consider submitting something before the end of the month.

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Question of the week: September 2nd, 2014

Is there anything you ever got into (hobbies, TV shows, music, etc.) because it was recommended by someone in the ace community?

I was already into webcomics before, but I didn’t read Supernormal Step until people recommended as a good comic with an asexual character.  I like the webcomic a lot, and think it is good independent of any asexual references.

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Asexuality in Japan: a conversation with harris-hijiri

This interview is part of our international voices series.  If you’d be interested in contributing, check out our call for submissions and interviews.

I recently had the opportunity to chat with harris-hijiri.  harris-hijiri is a native of Japan, and has been involved in asexual activism for about 14 years.  She has been a member of AVEN since 2007, and you can also find her on tumblr.  Although she was involved in managing several Japanese-language asexual communities from 2005 to 2008, she stepped down from an administrative role for a variety of reasons (some of which we discuss below).  She has also participated in a number of Japanese LGBT communities, and is currently active in Toyohashi City.

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