Welcome to the November 2020 edition of the Carnival of Aces. This is a monthly blog event where we accept submissions on a theme, and post a roundup at the beginning of the next month. Additionally, with our permission TAAAP has been hosting discussions on the carnival themes as part of their Pride Chats. Last month’s carnival was themed on “Multitudes” and here is the roundup.
This month’s theme is “Invisible Activism“.
You are welcome to interpret this theme however you like, but I’d like to explain my thinking, and suggest a few topics.
Recently, Ace Week explained why it changed its name from “Asexual Awareness Week” to “Ace Week”:
Removing the word “awareness” from the name of this event is a reminder that there is so much more work to do after spreading awareness.
And Asexuality Archive suggested a many ideas for activism beyond just visibility and awareness.
I’ve seen people say that they’re reluctant to get more involved in ace activism, because they don’t have a popular blog or a high follower count. This is a side effect of the hyper focus on visibility as the primary purpose of ace activism.
For my own part, I did very little activism for Ace Week… besides spending months and months managing revisions to the Ace Community Survey. But much of this work is behind closed doors, so people don’t see what goes into it.
Here are some topic ideas:
- Do you have any ideas for activism, or have you tried any activism that is not about promoting visibility?
- Even if activism is ultimately intended to promote visibility, some of the underlying work is not visible. What does that invisible labor look like?
- Is there any form of activism that you think has largely been invisible?
- What are some small, invisible things that have either helped you, or that you have done to help others?
To participate, please post your submission publicly on a platform of your choice. Then send me a link by November 30th, either by commenting below (no WordPress account required), or by e-mailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you do not have a suitable platform to publish, please e-mail me and we can arrange for you to publish a guest post here. Although most submissions tend to be prose, we also accept poetry, videos, and other media.