Linkspam: August 26th, 2016

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

Captain Heartless talks about value theory and love.

Sara wrote about what she got out of Everywhere House as an ace aro reader.

Jo wrote about the spectrum of sexuality.

Siggy compared atheist and asexual identity labels.

Sara has a theory about why asexuality emerged in the Millennials’ Generation.

Ace Community Activity

AVEN has announced its status as a not-for-profit NGO.  This is old news to anyone who has contact with the organization, but for some reason it hadn’t been publicly announced until now.

The Fall 2016 Asexual Scholarship winner was announced.

News & Outreach

Brotto & Yule just published a paper, “Asexuality: Sexual Orientation, Paraphilia, Sexual Dysfunction, or None of the Above?

Price published their masters thesis in media and communication, “The Ontology of Asexuality: A Genealogical Analysis of Invisibility

On Everyday Feminism, Miri wrote about 10 things sex positivity is not.

Odyssey ran an article including 15 interviews with aces.

Calls for Participants/Submissions

Some research studies are looking for participants and/or feedback.  More details: here, here, here, and here.  We also received a request to promote this survey for another study.

jamie, an aromantic and asexual zine, is looking for submissions.

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Question of the Week: August 23rd, 2016

Has asexuality or aromanticism ever helped you identify with something else?

This question was inspired by a recent tumblr discussion, in which people said that asexuality helped them come to terms with same-gender attraction.

That happened to me too.  I first identified as asexual, and that’s what finally allowed me to identify as gay.  There are a lot of stories in the media about men realizing for the first time that they are gay, but every single story involves them being smitten with some other guy, or perhaps the character realizes that what they thought was friendship was actually attraction.  That could never happen to me.  I have never experienced anything so obvious.

What it actually took was realizing that I felt no attraction to women.  I needed to realize that people with no apparent attraction to men could also feel no attraction to women.  Once I was there, once I was already identifying as queer, I finally had the space to consider whether my attraction to men was really zero or not.

People may deride stepping stone identities, but having used a stepping stone myself, I think they’re great.  Stepping stones are better than walls.

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Linkspam: August 19th, 2016

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

killerbee13 wrote about sex-revulsion.

historicallyace offered a history of demi and grey terminology.

The discussion of asexual representation on BoJack Horseman continued, as Danni Glover Danni Glover and Nico weighed in.

historicallyace offered a history of words to describe people who are not asexual.

Ace Community Activity

Asexual India launched.

Ace Toronto is looking for help planning an ace and/or arospec (un)conference in Toronto in fall of 2016.

News & Outreach

Lauren Jankowski will be teaching a Writing the Other Master Class in the fall.

Calls for Participants/Submissions

The Unburied Fables Anthology is looking for submissions.

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Question of the Week: August 16th, 2016.

Do you identify as queer? If you see that word, do you include yourself in the community being indicated? 

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Acing wizard college

This summer I had the pleasure of attending New World Magischola, a Live Action Role-Playing (LARP) game at the University of Richmond.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with LARP, basically what you need to know is that about 200 people got together and pretended to be students and teachers at a college for wizards for 3 days.  Imagine a cross between D&D and improv theatre, set in a world sort of like Harry Potter.  This post isn’t going to go into a lot of details about the mechanics of the game, so if you’re interested in further information, check out the obligatory linkspam at the bottom of this post.*  A lot of cool people have written a lot of eloquent stuff about the event already, so I’m going to be tackling something totally different–my experience at NWM as an ace playing an ace character.**

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Linkspam: August 12th, 2016

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

There is an aphobia masterpost on Liveblogging My Descent Into Madness.

News & Outreach

Everyday Feminism had 5 affirmations for asexuals.

Refinery29 has a short video and article about asexuality.

Calls for Participants/Submissions

electric-lizardlord is creating a list of in-person ace and aro groups.

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Question of the Week: August 8th, 2016

Have you ever been accidentally outed to someone?

Thankfully this has never happened to me, or at least I’ve never had any significant incident.  I’ve had a few friends mention it in front of other people.  I don’t really have a problem with it, but it’s a little bit awkward because how would they know I don’t have a problem with it?  People aren’t always up on their etiquette.

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