Linkspam: December 16th, 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

Ace Admiral criticizes the conclusion in the latest academic paper on sexual fantasies among asexuals.  Siggy also weighed in.

Sound Overlord reviews the news article on the same academic paper.

rotten-zucchinis says “ace” is an umbrella term and “asexual” should be one too.

civilization-phase-iii wrote about asexual performativity and the asexual spectrum.


About queenieofaces

QueenieOfAces is a graduate student in the U.S. studying Japanese religion. She is a queer asexual. She also blogs over at Concept Awesome and runs Resources for Ace Survivors. She is never quite sure what to write in these introduction things, but this one time she accidentally got a short story on asexuality published in an erotica magazine.
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5 Responses to Linkspam: December 16th, 2016

  1. Nowhere Girl says:

    I very much dislike how tumblr blogs have those notes instead of comments. Oh well, so I’ll use this field explitcitly INSTEAD because the conclusion of that article commented by Ace Admiral and Siggy made me angry too.
    You know what? That’s why I’m distrustful towards science. I’d say: I desire knowledge, but I don’t respect science anymore. Human experience is so vast that it’s impossible to find any universal statements that would apply to everyone. Really – let psychologists do their stuff if they want to, but I need PHENOMENOLOGY OF EXPERIENCE instead of psychology. Speak. Describe. And be delighted, enchanted, ecstatic over this infinity. Asexuality is just a word – a useful category anyway – but don’t let it obscure the basic fact that there are no two identical experiences.

    • AceAdmiral says:

      There are two fields, broadly, where asexuality per se might be studied, though: from a medical/psychological standpoint, like this study, or from a sociological standpoint, like what you’re talking about. They both have value, and they’re definitely not the same thing. Yule & Brotto & co. did not err in making this distinction; they were irresponsible in how they did it. Studying one doesn’t take away from the other.

      • Nowhere Girl says:

        I don’t think that’s what I was talking about. It’s more about a non-scientific, philosophical approach. I’ve come to believe that we are all so diverse that any universal statement, any principle is at least partially a lie. It really takes a lot of nerve to speak about any rules of our inner life when there are billions of unique lives. Perhaps there are no rules, there is no such thing as “normal”, and most definitely there’s nothing “abnormal” about being unlike any other person.

  2. Seth says:

    Oh, dear. I didn’t pay close enough attention to the reporting on that article and only noticed the positive aspects of it. Thank you, Siggy, for your response. You said exactly what I was mentally screaming while reading Next Step Cake’s defense.

  3. Rachel says:

    What bothers me about all of this is how voyeuristic the reporting feels. A scientific paper is one thing, because scientific papers are dull as dirt. The non-scientific reporting is slanted to sound more sensational. As if allos don’t already gawk at us like we were a bunch of robots and alien anomalies and feel free to ask invasive questions about sexual fantasies and masturbation. Now it’s all over the news for allos to gawk at us as a collective, rather than as individuals.

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