Linkspam: August 23rd, 2019

On Fridays, 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!

Aro blogging

Coyote published results from their romantic ambivalence survey.

AUREA has advice on making friends.

Calls for Participants/Support

Neir and Magni are running a community survey for ace and aro spectrum people.

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Linkspam: August 16th, 2019

On Fridays, 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!

Ace Blogging

Coyote described gray experiences, wrote about issues with oriented aroace terminology, and made a linkspam on tri-label aro aces.

Marisa wrote about experiences dating while asexual.

Danyi wrote about being hypersexualized.

Calls for Participants/Support

The Asexual is calling for submissions to a future issue themed on aromanticism.

Scholarly work

The Williams Institute released a study on asexual respondents to a survey of US LGB adults.  Siggy and Sennkestra add comments.

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Question of the Month: August 13th, 2019.

How do you feel about physical contact or touch? 

Do you like platonic, sensual, and/or sexual physical contact with someone you trust and like? Do you prefer to only touch, only be touched, neither, or both? Does what you are okay or not okay with feel connected to your experiences with being ace or not?

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Queer spaces don’t work like that

I’d like to continue my series on “The Discourse”, that big flame war that occurs on Tumblr regarding the inclusion of aces in LGBTQ spaces. I wish to strip away euphemism, so I’m calling it “The Ace Flame War” rather than “The Discourse”.

The two “sides” of The Ace Flame War are often referred to as inclusionists and exclusionists (“ace inclusionists” and “ace exclusionists” if you want to be specific). If we had to classify ourselves, the entirety of this blog would fall on the inclusionist side, because that’s the ace-positive side. However, I have some disagreements with inclusionists, because they appear to have made a series of concessions to exclusionists over the years.  Not to make any sweeping generalizations about inclusionists, but it’s irritating when our interactions often amount to them complaining that I haven’t conceded the same points they did.

Case in point, consider the following exclusionist argument:

  1. Only oppressed people ought to be included in LGBTQ spaces.
  2. Aces are not oppressed.
  3. Aces ought not to be included in LGBTQ spaces.

From what I’ve seen, inclusionists have responded by rebutting point 2 (often by linking to personal accounts without permission). And they appear to concede or ignore point 1.

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Linkspam: August 2, 2019

On Fridays, 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!

Ace Blogging

LJ Conrad looked back on old comics they made about chatting up strangers, now with an ace perspective.

Community Activity

TAAAP has a recording/transcript of their “Overlooked Identities in the Queer Community” panel at the Human Rights Conference.  They also recapped other pride activities they participated in.

Aro blogging

AUREA had an article about the history of splitting attraction.

AUREA has its own news roundup.

The Aro Anarchist is hosting the Carnival of Aros for August, on the theme of relationships.

Calls for Participants/Support

Aces & Aros is looking for volunteers.

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Carnival of Aces: Home

The Carnival of Aces for July has been posted on The Ace Theist.  The theme was “Home”.  Please take a look!

The next Carnival of Aces is being hosted by The Demi Deviant.  The theme for August is “Deviant Identities”.  Get your submissions in before the end of the month!

The Carnival of Aces is hosted by volunteers each month.  If you would like to volunteer, please see the masterpost for instructions.  We do not yet have a volunteer for the next month.

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Lisa Orlando, Author of The Asexual Manifesto (1972)

This “Manifesto” is not the last word on asexuality: it is only a beginning.
-Lisa Orlando, The Asexual Manifesto, 1972

Last year, someone discovered a photo from 1973 that included a sign mentioning asexuals. The photo appeared in an article reporting on a lesbian/feminist conference. The article mentioned a workshop on asexuality hosted by Barbara Getz, and an essay called The Asexual Manifesto, distributed by the New York Radical Feminists.

At the time, I couldn’t find any information on the Manifesto, so I instead wrote about other appearances of asexuality in 1970s feminism. Since then, I learned that the author of the Manifesto was Lisa Orlando, and I corresponded with her to learn about the surrounding context.

Lisa herself did not have a copy of the Manifesto, but at long last, we found a copy! It was found by Caoimhe Harlock. A pdf is publicly available, and I have also transcribed the document.

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