Question of the Week: June 27th, 2017

What do you think of the meanings of the ace flag colors?

The 4 colors of the asexual flag originally represented asexuals (black), gray-As/demis (gray), allosexuals (white), and community (purple).  Of course, today they don’t necessarily represent the same ideas that they once did.  What do you think each color represents, and do you like that they have these meanings?

Also, bonus question, what do you think the colors of the aro flag represent?  Do you like that the colors have these meanings?

This question is inspired by Philadelphia’s recent decision to add black and brown stripes to their rainbow flag, to represent people of color.

 

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Ace Tropes: Ace/Ace Romance

This is part of a series on tropes in fiction with ace characters. To link or follow this series, please use the “ace tropes” tag on this blog.

“Yes!” Wes shouted. “Because our entire relationship was built on that one thing. It’s the reason we met in the first place. If a foundation’s rotten, nothing you build on top of it is stable.”

“That wasn’t our only foundation,” Nash protested. “I was excited to meet another ace Pagan. Weren’t you?”

Wes blew out a sharp breath. “Yeah,” he admitted. “I really was.”

“Isn’t that part of our foundation, too?”

Wes gave a small, grudging smile. “I guess it is.”

– “Mr. March Names the Stars” by Rivka Aarons-Hughes

The definition of this trope is simple – at least two ace characters have a romance with each other.
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Linkspam: June 23rd, 2017

Every other 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

Siggy argues that pre-marital sex is an ace issue.

Calls for Participants/Submissions

The Fall 2017 Asexual Scholarship is open for applications.

 

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Welcome to the new contributors!

You may recall that last month we put out a call for new contributors.  I’m excited to announce that we’re adding three new contributors!  Their profiles are below.

Sara K. is an aromantic asexual from California who has previously lived in Taiwan. She blogs at the notes which do not fit, has previously been a contributor at Manga Bookshelf, and has written guest posts for Hacking Chinese. She enjoys reading, travel, live theatre, learning languages, and gardening.

Chrysocolla Town (or CT for short) is a chilean nerd who posts about ace history and the spanish-language ace community at her blog, where one can also find resources on local groups and ace research. She also has an spanglish Tumblr @chrysocollatown. She is asexual and her romantic orientation is ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. She’s currently the admin of the Facebook group Asexuales Chile and manages the related Fanpage and Tumblr.

Astarlia is a manic pixie dream kitten, though this is not nearly as fun as it sounds. Her super power is enthusing people into following their dreams, but the downside is this also works on her and she has chronic volunteerism. She only identified as ace later in life despite having many asexual friends, because… well she is a bit slow like that sometimes. She is a passionate reader of young adult fiction, mental health and disability advocacy, and running events for nerds, because nerds are the best people <3.

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Question of the Week: June 20th 2017

Have you ever been hit on in public like while at the gym or getting groceries? How does it make you feel?

I feel a mixture of confusion and wariness the rare time I get approached or flirted with in public. From my being nonbinary but being read as female to being asexual and also throw vegan in, I feel like a faker. This person has no idea who they’re hitting on! It makes me self conscious and then annoyed that I’m self conscious about perfectly fine qualities. At least when someone flirts with me on a dating site they know who I am. They’ve read information about me and then went yes, this is a person I want to know. In person flirting feels like this awkward hiding where revealing anything is too forward and intimate for such a casual interaction. Similarly, I don’t flirt with people in public because I don’t know anything about them. Someone’s hot. So what? What’s their opinion on feminism or queer people? I’m sure you can imagine I do pretty badly on Tinder.

 

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Ace Tropes: Unwanted Arranged Marriage

This is part of a series on tropes in fiction with ace characters. To link or follow this series, please use the “ace tropes” tag on this blog.

Content Note: this post discusses (lack of) consent to marriage.

Anette felt nothing when she looked at him. She supposed he was handsome, but what more was supposed to happen? Should she want to kiss him? Should she giggle and blush when he smiled at her? She tried to think of what her maids did around boys they fancied, but nothing seemed like something she could force herself to do. There were girls in the chapel pews who were whispering and giggling to each other, smiling and blushing at Prince Everett. Did they think he was handsome? Did they want to kiss his cheek behind a pillar like her mother had kissed the curly haired serving boy?

She didn’t know, and she had no more time to think. She reached the end of the aisle and stood face to face with him. He had very large brown eyes. He smiled at her again, and she gave him a strained half-smile as she was unable to muster a more sincere one.

“Hello,” Prince Everett said.

“Hello.”

Should she have swooned at his voice when he spoke to her? What was she supposed to be doing? She had gone to several weddings, and in all of them, the bride was blushing the entire time…

“Do you take Prince Everett of Estar as your husband?” she was asked suddenly.
Did she take Prince Everett as her husband? Did she want to say yes? Did she have to?

– “The Loveless Princess” by Lilian Bodley

The trope this posts discusses contains the following elements 1) the ace character is engaged to marry someone (or enter some other marriage-like relationship, especially if it is socially binding and sex is an expected component) b) the potential spouse was selected by someone other than the ace c) the ace does not want this marriage (or at least feels reluctant reluctant) and d) the ace’s reluctance is somehow connected to their asexuality.

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Question of the Week: June 13th, 2017

What sort of “causes” have you heard or thought up for you being ace and/or aro?

One possible cause, kindly suggested by a relative, was that I went to an all-boys high school, and thus did not have a chance to develop an attraction to women during my formative years.

He didn’t really need to make the suggestion, because I already thought of that hypothesis on my own.  But it doesn’t make any sense, because for most of my peers, their “formative years” were in middle school.  Also, I was not attracted to men in high school even though I am now.  Also, I have literally never heard from another ace who made a connection to an all-boys or all-girls high school.

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