Carnival of Aces: hiatus

As some people may have noticed, there was no Carnival of Aces this month, because we didn’t have a host. Furthermore, last month’s host dropped out of touch, and I haven’t been able to recover the submissions.

So we’re currently looking for new volunteers to host the Carnival starting in August. And if you submitted something to last month’s Carnival (on the theme “Online Dating”), please let us know!

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Journal Club: Asexual and Agender Subjectivities

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This month, the ace journal club discussed

“’When We Talk about Gender We Talk about Sex’: (A)sexuality and (A)gendered Subjectivities”, by Karen Cuthbert (2019). https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0891243219867916 (Requires journal access)

The journal club meets once a month on Discord, using text or voice as club members prefer. We discuss a variety of academic works in ace studies, ranging from gender studies to psychology. Don’t worry about journal access, we can provide access. If you’re interested, please e-mail me at asexualagenda@gmail.com for an invite.

Our discussion notes are below the fold.

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A retraction

I am publicly retracting and apologizing for a blog post I published on my blog A Trivial Knot in March of 2020. That post is “Trump’s Atrocious Trolley Tradeoff“. The essay contained a political discussion of the pandemic, and speculation on possible outcomes, and most regrettably, a comparison to the number of deaths in the Holocaust. This problem with this was pointed out by my (now former) coblogger and friend Sara, whom I treated rudely. Afterwards, Sara chose to disassociate herself with The Asexual Agenda, and the local ace meetup group.

The reason this has been much delayed is that Sara asked me not to explain why she left. However, I could have still retracted the essay without mentioning her. In any case, Sara has finally come forward to explain the problem.

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Linkspam: July 9th, 2021

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

Sara Youngblood Gregory wrote about navigating her relationship with her asexual partner.

Community Activity

Midwest Aces Virtual Hangout – July 10th, 1pm CST (repeats monthly)

The AVEN Board of Directors announced a decision to change the definition of “asexual” on their front page.  There will be a livestream talking about the decision on Sunday July 11th, 5 pm UTC.

The podcast Coming Out Stories featured asexual activist Rhian.

The podcast Graying Rainbows featured Julie Sondra Decker.

Book Clubs

Of the Wild – July – Art Over Chaos’ Great Ace Club

All Systems Red July 11 – New England Aces

Sea Foam and Silence – July 18 – Canon Ace & Aro Characters Discussion

Summer Bird Blue July 16 – Aces NYC

In the Ravenous DarkEnd of July – AVEN Chicago Meetups – (might be in person)

Loveless July and August – The Ace Space

Aro Blogging

The June Carnival of Aros, on “Pride and Solidarity“, has been rounded up.  The July Carnival of Aros topic is “Education“.

The Aromantics Create Pride art roundup is here.

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Asexuality Alerts: Final week

The asexuality alert journal is a miniseries where I journal my way through the Google alerts for asexuality during Pride month. This is the fifth and final post, where I discuss the final week of June and make some concluding remarks.

Statistics for June 2021

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Linkspam: June 25th, 2021

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

Michele Kirichanskaya wrote about doctors still trying to “cure” asexuality.

aceadmiral explained the distinction between the unassailable asexual and asexual elitism.

aceadmiral explained why US consummation laws don’t matter.

Blue Ice-Tea wrote an ace review of The Philadelphia Story (1940).

Community Activity

TAAAP shared their presentation to the Careers in Sexuality Conference, about how aces and aros develop and embrace their identities.

News & Outreach

ABC news profiled the creator Ace Dad Advice.

The Gay Times had an article about abrosexuality.

Scholarly Work

Ipsos released a report which includes statistics on asexual people by age across many countries.

The Williams Institute released a report on nonbinary adults in the United States.

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Journal Club: Asexual counterpublics on Tumblr

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This month, the ace journal club discussed

“’Where I can be myself … where I can speak my mind’: Networked counterpublics in a polymedia environment”, by Bryce J. Renninger (2014). https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1461444814530095 (Requires journal access)

The journal club meets once a month on Discord, using text or voice as club members prefer. We discuss a variety of academic works in ace studies, ranging from gender studies to psychology. Don’t worry about journal access, we can provide access. If you’re interested, please e-mail me at asexualagenda@gmail.com for an invite.

Our discussion notes are below the fold.

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Asexuality Alerts: Week 3

The asexuality alert journal is a miniseries where I journal my way through the Google alerts for asexuality during Pride month. This is the fourth post, where I talk about June 16-22.

Asexuality alert nirvana

Now that we’re over half way through the month, does it feel like we’ve achieved asexuality alert nirvana yet? Once you’ve seen 100 alerts, you’ve seen them all. Or maybe it’s just me who feels that way. Perhaps the reason I’m so jaded is because I’ve been watching alerts for so long. Or perhaps the causation goes in the other direction.

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Linkspam: June 18th, 2021

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

Swankivy wrote about acephobia towards young aces.

Community Activity

TAAAP has announced dates for its pride chats from June 18-27, with 6 different topics.

News & Outreach

Marisa responded to misconceptions from commenters on a Huffpost article.

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Restored Carnival of Aces: “Demisexuals/Greysexuals”

The Carnival of Aces has been around for many years, and some of the blogs that have hosted carnivals have gone defunct.  In some cases, I find the carnivals archived on the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine, and I mirror them here for easy access.

June 2018: “Demisexuals/Greysexuals“, originally hosted by Dating While Ace.

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