Linkspam: August 18th, 2017

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

Rotten Zucchinis is actively not having sex with you.  It’s a post about sex ed.

upupandafuckingway wrote about being in a queerplatonic relationship.

News & Outreach

There is an honors thesis on queer spaces at Oberlin, which happens to interview a handful of aces.

There’s a new paper on improving measurement of sexual orientation and gender identity among middle and high school students that mentions asexuality.

Ela Pryzbylo will be teaching a class on critical nonsexualities at Simon Fraser University this fall.

The fourth season trailer for Comedy Central’s “Nathan for You”, in which the title character gives small businesses outlandish marketing advice, previews a skit about  “LA’s only Asexual Computer Repair Service.”



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: August 18th, 2017

  1. Grey Wanders says:

    That course description looks amazing, but I’m really confused about their use of the word erotic. Ex: “Explore the possibilities of nonsexual erotics, including, but not limited to: friendship, nonmonogamies, spinsterhood, celibacy, singlehood, kin networks.” Erotic as not synonymous with sexual? Is this some gender studies jargon use I haven’t encountered before?

    • Sennkestra says:

      I think it’s part of the overall gender studies/postmodernist “queer the meaning of all the words” thing, but this specific usage might be largely a Przybylo thing – they’ve talked about “asexual erotics” in some of their previous work, and IMO they tend to have a writing style that uses a lot of familiar words for unfamiliar concepts and unfamiliar words for familiar concepts so it takes a bit of puzzling to figure out what they actually mean.

    • Blue Ice-Tea says:

      “Eroticism” as a concept distinct from sexuality is something I encountered a lot during my studies and advocated for in my papers. The best explanation of asexual erotics I came across was in Staci Newmahr’s essay “Eroticism as Embodied Emotion: The Erotics of Renaissance Faire”. Sharon Marcus also talks about non-sexual eroticism between female friends in her book Between Women: Friendship, Desire, and Marriage in Victorian England (pp. 112-114). Both writers use “eroticism” to mean a kind of interaction that is carnal/sensual but not specifically sexual.
      If you can’t access either of those texts, you can try my article “The Erotics of Grad School” in the November/December 2016 issue of AVENues:
      It looks like Przybylo is using a slightly broader definition of “erotic” than I am, but it should give you a starting point.

  2. luvtheheaven says:

    Good point from Grey Wanders, I’m curious in an answer about that too.

    For the next Linkspam… an overview of 3 sex-repulsed ace characters in fiction:

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