Welcome to A Carnival of Aces! During the month of August, bloggers were asked to write about the theme: age/ageism. Next month, the carnival will be hosted by Confessions of an Ist, and the instructions are already posted. But for this month, here are the responses we got:
Ace-muslim: Asexuality After 30
If you think there are a lot of asexuals who are not many years beyond their teens, it’s most likely because you’re looking at a social network with those demographics!
Concept Awesome: Navigating Adolescence as an Asexual
I can’t speak for everyone, but at least in my community, there was this tacit “coming out window,” (usually from the beginning of puberty to about 15 or 16) when you were expected to come out or forever hold your peace have everyone assume you were straight because you hadn’t said anything.
Prime Ideal: Words and Music
When you’re a child, nonsexuality is the default–the image and portrayal of childhood life we get from fiction is by and large a world where platonic and familial relationships are prized. But come adolescence, there are expectations of a new default, where romance and sex become the norm.
Redbeardace: Living Alone
I’m in my thirties. I live alone. I’ve lived alone for almost nine years now and let me tell you a secret: It’s not scary. Know why? Because it’s awesome, that’s why.
Critique of Popular Reason: Asexuality and Youth
The first person to whom I disclosed my asexuality was my biology teacher, whose response was negative. He told me that my identity as asexual was invalid because I was younger than 16 years old, and he said to come back to him then if it’s still the case.
Confessions of an Ist: Ageism and Asexuality
While there are many fair criticisms to be made of “Glee,” no one seems to be arguing that its characters are too young– or were too young, when the show began– to know they’re gay.
For instructions on the next Carnival of Aces, go to Confessions of an Ist. To volunteer to be a future host, go to the masterpost. If you wrote something but just missed the deadline or forgot to send it to us, just leave a comment and I’ll add you in.