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!
Autostraddle ran an article about how to be there for your newly out asexual friend.
The Telegraph talked to several asexual British men about what it’s like to be asexual.
Aqua wrote about ethical issues surrounding flibanserin/Addyi’s approval.
Demisexual and Proud wrote about being single, not alone.
Content note: satire, fictional content
I’ve been in way too many arguments about who or what is “queer”, and I’m so tired of it I couldn’t possibly write another word! But it simply needs to be said: gay people are queer too!
Many people, especially non-aces, seem to think that the term “queer” refers exclusively to asexuals. So we started using the acronym AABT (Asexual, Aromantic, Bisexual, and Transgender) to remind people that there’s more to us than just asexuals. But when we realized there were other groups we left out, we started using longer acronyms like AABTQQIPG. The G usually stands for Gray-A, but roughly 21.37% of the time it stands for gays, and I guess lesbians will have to be satisfied with sharing the letter. Continue reading
Have you ever used an ace advice blog on Tumblr? What was your experience? If not, what’s your opinion of them?
When I was hanging out in Japan this summer, doing research and fieldwork and all that good stuff that gives me a paycheck, I took an afternoon to help one of my favorite old ladies put up some curtain rods. (As it turns out, despite being a teeny tiny person, I am quite tall by Japanese standards, which makes me a prime candidate for reaching things on tall shelves and putting up curtain rods and all those Tall People Jobs I am usually passed over for in the US.) For a bit of context, this particular lady has known me for about four years, and decided a couple of years back that she was going to be “[my] Japanese grandmother.” Over the past four years, she’s had my back in so many ways, and I could put up a thousand curtain rods for her and never manage to repay a fraction of the kindness she has shown me.
Anyway, here I am, putting up curtain rods, and she suddenly turns to me and says, “Queenie-chan, please get married soon. I am getting older and my legs are having problems, and I’m worried that if you take too long to get married I won’t be able to come to America for your wedding. I just really want to see you happily married, so please get married soon.”
How do you feel about the FDA’s recent approval of Flibanserin/Addyi?
If you haven’t been following the issue, here’s an article on NPR about it, and Rotten Zucchinis clears up some misconceptions.
When there was a campaign to encourage the FDA to disapprove of the drug, I had mixed feelings about it, but the recent approval introduces moral clarity. Now I’m geared up to start critiquing some Addyi advertisements.