Linkspam: February 24th, 2017

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!

Ace Community Activity

nextstepcake is looking for ace-competent healthcare resources.

News & Outreach

iDiva ran an article on asexuality.

Elle ran an article on what it’s like to date an asexual.

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Question of the Week: February 21st, 2017

What is your relationship with the word “activist”?  Are you an activist?  Do you like, or dislike the word?

I admit to being an activist, nowadays.  I have denied it at various times in the past.  I think I just don’t like the expectations, you know?  There are a lot of people who will say that an activist is more than someone who just shares social justice memes on the internet–that’s just slacktivism.  As for me, I don’t even share social justice memes on the internet, because I don’t like memes.  Nor do I participate in protests, or call my representatives or whatever it is activists are supposed to be doing.  I don’t think I really have it in me to do that sort of thing.

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Asexual Muslim resistance, activism, and self care: Creating Change 2017 and me

This post is for the February Carnival of Aces.

Author note: I originally intended to write this post soon after I got back from Creating Change a month ago. However, thanks to the start of my spring term Arabic classes the week after my return, to the emotional stresses of #MuslimBan that hit right after that, and to the need to get caught up on my other responsibilities while all this was going on, it’s taken me rather longer than I expected to actually get this post out!

I attended the Creating Change conference in Philadelphia from January 18 to January 22, 2017. I had several different goals for the conference, reflecting different facets of my identity and work:

  • connect in person with other aces
  • connect in person with other queer Muslims
  • attend anti-racism workshops to further my volunteer work with the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative (MuslimARC)
  • attend organization building workshops relevant to the needs of MuslimARC
  • attend sessions on spirituality and self-care to help me in coping with burnout

The fact that I could further my interests in so many different areas of my life is why I was so excited to attend the conference. MuslimARC is not an ace or queer organization but since I have access to the resources that Creating Change offers due to my own ace and queer identity, I figured I might as well take advantage of it.

To my delight, I was able to attain all of my goals for the conference and benefit in each of these areas of my life. Continue reading

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The Ace Tropes: The Ace Group

Sara K. blogs at The Notes Which Do Not Fit, and has written a number of book reviews of asexual fiction.  She is continuing the ace tropes series, albeit with more of a focus on books.

The asexual group had a standing reservation at a hipster coffee shop in Seattle’s University District, and when we showed up, a dozen people were already there.

“Zafir!” Alicia squealed as we joined them. She jumped up and threw her arms around me. “I haven’t seen you in forever!”

“I know. I’m sorry.” I hugged her back. “I’ve been working too much.”
Clicking her tongue, she released me and gave a disapproving glare. “What have I told you?”

“Yeah, yeah, yeah.” I rolled my eyes. “All work and no play makes Zafir miss out on spending time with Alicia.”

“Exactly.” She turned to Brennan. “I don’t think we’ve met.”

“This is my first time.” He extended his hand. “Brennan Cross.”

“Nice to meet you.”

All the Wrong Places by Ann Gallagher

The Asexual Agenda already has a post about The Ace Group. In 2015, Next Step Cake also had a blog post about this. Now it is time for this trope to officially join the Ace Tropes series. Continue reading

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Linkspam: February 17th, 2017

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!

Ace Blogging

Karen Healey looks back at asexual representation in her 2010 book, Guardian of the Dead.

Coyote wrote about abused consent.

News & Outreach

There’s a new academic paper on the experiences of young women with autism that discusses asexuality.

Affirmative Counseling with LGBTQI+ People includes a chapter on asexuality.

The Georgia State Signal ran an article on Millennials who are forgoing sex, including one ace.

Calls for Participants/Submissions

Applications for the Summer 2017 Asexual Scholarship are now open.

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Question of the Week: February 14th 2017.

What are you doing for Valentine’s Day? 

Usually I don’t give much thought to Valentine’s Day. Whoever I’m dating and I decide to do something really small (cards and chocolate) or nothing at all. I got dumped last night though so I guess I’m unusually aware of the ‘holiday’ today. I’ve heard there’s usually discount chocolate tomorrow so I’m just waiting out for that.

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Ace Tropes: Ace/Aro Immunity

Sara K. blogs at The Notes Which Do Not Fit, and has written a number of book reviews of asexual fiction.  She is continuing the ace tropes series, albeit with more of a focus on books.

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Two vampires discuss why their vampire powers do not work on the protagonist in the webcomic Heartless.

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