Question of the Week: October 6th, 2015

Do you ever worry about tribalism or in-group bias?

This is an off-the-wall question, inspired by some completely unrelated discussion.  You may identify tribalism in ace communities, but also feel free to talk about tribalism elsewhere.

I am not very worried about tribalism.  Maybe I’m just not a worrier.  If people in ace communities are biased towards other people in the same community, this is simultaneously breaking down pre-existing tribalistic barriers.  For instance, I like to hear perspectives from all over the world, rather than just the US as usual.

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Siggy is a physics grad student in the U.S. He is gay gray-A, and makes amateur attempts at asexual activism. His interests include godlessness, scientific skepticism, and math. While not working or blogging, he plays video and board games with his boyfriend, and folds colored squares.
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One Response to Question of the Week: October 6th, 2015

  1. I guess when I’ve seen discussions of aces being biased against out-group members (i.e., allosexuals), it’s been in the context of elitism rather than tribalism so I never really thought about it as an example of tribalism.

    Tribalism as nationalism or ethnocentrism can be a big issue in some Muslim communities and can be a factor in anti-Black racism in these communities, and also a factor in the marginalization of converts (something I have personal experience of). So it’s something that comes up a lot in discussions in these particular non-ace communities I belong to.

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