Question of the Week: July 28th, 2015

What does your ideal local ace meetup look like?

Different people seem to want different things from their ace meetup groups, with some wanting to talk about ace-related troubles, some wanting to just talk about whatever, and other people wanting more activities.

Personally, I appreciate talking about whatever.  I have my own very narrow interests, and it’s fun to get out of that box and hear about the completely random things that other people are interested in.  I also like to talk about ace stuff but I inevitably talk about internet and organizational politics which even at an ace meetup not everyone is interested in.

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Paper: Asexuality in China’s Sexual Revolution

Content warning: Medicalization of asexuality and comparison to abuse.

It’s well-known that English asexual communities are dominated by people in the US, UK, Canada, and Australia.  This blog has made minimal efforts to include voices from other countries, but one of our blind spots is China.  You know, that one country that has three times more people than the US, UK, Canada, and Australia combined.

The thing is, between the language barrier and the Great Firewall, hardly anyone in the English-speaking community knows anything.  The closest we’ve gotten is our interview with Robin, but Taiwan isn’t the same as Mainland China at all.  And given the complete lack of communication, it’s possible that asexuality in China is so different as to be unrecognizable.

That’s why I was interested to see this recent paper: Asexuality in China’s Sexual Revolution: Asexual Marriage as a Coping Strategy. By Day Wong, in Sexualities, February 2015.

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Asexuality in the Media: Towards Diverse Representation

Asexual people have always had difficulty with media representation. Most frequently, everything is oversimplified, only a narrow portion of the asexual spectrum is presented, and often aromantics are either ignored or presented as “those weird ones” in opposition to an assimilationist presentation of alloromantic aces along the lines of “they can fall in love and even have sex, too!” Continue reading

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Linkspam: July 24th, 2015

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!

redbeardace wants to know what it’s important for educators to know about asexuality.

tristifere wants to know when the Tumblr ace community started.

Matthew Munson doesn’t want to be identified solely by asexuality.

The Advocate began their #21AceStories series by asking aces to talk about misconceptions they’ve faced. The second post in the series, contrasting asexuality and celibacy, drew criticism from aces on Twitter for excluding the perspectives of survivors. The author responded.

The Independent (a UK newspaper) published a piece on asexuality by Anthony Bogaert.

nextstepcake is looking for aces planning on going to Creating Change next year.

Sennkestra had some suggestions for boosting APoC representation.

There’s a North American Asexuality Conference zine being put together.

Aqua is looking for feedback on her voluntary celibacy page.

Flying While Falling Down writes about limited asexual representation in media.

rotten-zucchinis wrote about the question of queerness and cis heteroromantic aces.

Demisexual and Proud wrote about asexuality and chastity.

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Looking for Asexual Agenda contributors

The Asexual Agenda is a blog written by ace-spectrum people, for ace-spectrum people, covering topics at a higher level than what you find in the mainstream news. We talk about experiences, identity politics, intersectionality, academic research, asexual activism, and more.  We also serve as a portal for the asexual blogging community.

It’s that time again, when we seek out new contributors!

What it involves:

We give writers a lot of freedom, and do not instruct them what to write or when to write it.  That means that writers must be self-motivated to seek topics and write about them.  We do, however, often discuss topic ideas, and offer feedback on writing.  No WordPress experience is necessary, since we can easily teach you how to use it.

It also involves a moderate amount of e-mail correspondence.

How to apply:

To apply, please e-mail us at asexualagenda@gmail.com by August 7th.  Briefly (in ~100 words) tell us about yourself, and why you’d like to contribute.  Also include a writing sample (300-1000 words), something that would be suitable to publish on The Asexual Agenda.

The purpose is to demonstrate that you are self-motivated to seek topics, can correspond by e-mail, and can write effectively.

Guest posts:

We often have people ask if they can write just one thing, without committing to anything in the long term.  We are always open for guest posts, as long as you come to us.  Please e-mail asexualagenda@gmail.com.

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After three years, looking forward

Today, The Asexual Agenda turns three years old.  Last year, I wrote a retrospective looking back at my goals for the blog, and how well we fared.  This year, I’d like to say something more forward-looking.

The Asexual Agenda has become established, and it may become even more so in the future.  I mean that in the good sense, in that we’ve produced a lot of writing which has had a measurable impact on the community.  But as a bit of a radical, or perhaps simply a hipster, I’m used to opposing the establishment. Continue reading

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Question of the Week: July 21st, 2015

What have other people said or done that makes you feel comfortable as an ace person? If you don’t have any examples from personal experience, what would you want to hear? Continue reading

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