Linkspam: February 10th, 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!

News & Outreach

Swankivy helped write a response to a letter for Savage Love.  If you’ve been around ace communities for the past few years, you may be interested to see what a 180 Dan Savage has done on asexuality.

There’s a new academic article on how to conceptualize asexuality.

Calls for Participants/Submissions

The AVEN Project Team is looking for a Resources and Survey Director.
ETA: Nominations are already over, and the candidate Q&A is currently taking place.

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Resistance, Activism, & Self-Care: Submission by Valkyrie

This is a guest submission for the February 2017 Carnival of Aces on “Resistance, Activism, & Self-Care” by Valkyrie. Valkyrie loves reading and drawing. You can reach her at (@indigosworkshop) on Instagram. Continue reading

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Question of the Week: February 7th, 2017

Is there anything that you’re eagerly anticipating right now?

Maybe I need to stop following video game news, because 50% of video game news seems to be about hyping games that haven’t been released yet.  In this household, we are Nintendo fans, so we’re awaiting Zelda: BotW and the Nintendo Switch, although we probably won’t even get them on day one.  I am personally excited about the Homestuck game which is supposed to drop at any moment.  And, uh, there’s some shoegaze album I’m looking forward to.

It sucks thinking about how much work I have to do before any of this happens.  Is it Friday yet?  I wish I could just hear about these things after they happened and then I’d feel better.

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Carnival of Aces: Many Ways to be Ace

The Carnival of Aces for January has been posted on Asexual Advice.  The theme was “Many Ways to be Ace“.  Please take a look!

The next Carnival of Aces is being hosted by us at The Asexual Agenda.  If you haven’t seen it already, the call for submissions is here, and the theme is “Resistance, Activism, & Self-Care”.

The Carnival of Aces is hosted by volunteers, and you too can be a host.  Further information and signups are in the carnival masterpost.

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Ace Tropes: Allo Savior Complex

Sara K. blogs at The Notes Which Do Not Fit, and has written a number of book reviews of asexual fiction.  She is continuing the ace tropes series, albeit with more of a focus on books.

“If it helps,” she said, tone tentative but casual. “I don’t think you’re a paradox. But you might be asexual.”

Regan’s mouth fell open. He looked up with wide eyes again but for a much different, much better different reason. Slowly, the tension melted out of his shoulders and his frill dropped back down to hang loose. When he looked at her now she saw something else in his eyes. One of her favorite things to see. Hope.

Chameleon Moon by RoAnna Sylver

I am borrowing the name of this trope from El, who in this interview phrases it thus:

But I’d also like to see less of what I call the “Allo Savior Complex”: that is, when the poor, confused MC has no idea why they’re “broken”, and their allosexual friend swoops in to say, “Oh, you’re asexual! TA DA!”

That is the trope in a nutshell. It’s not an ace website, or ace support groups, or even an ace acquaintance who helps the ace character figure out that asexuality is a thing, and that they are not ‘broken’. It’s an allo character who does it. Often, there is no other ace character in sight in the entire story. Continue reading

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February 2017 Carnival of Aces Call for Submissions

The Carnival of Aces is a monthly blog carnival event for the asexual community that has been ongoing since 2011. Basically: people write blog posts (or may vlog instead) about a specific topic, chosen by the host. At the end of the month, the host posts links to all pieces submitted for the carnival. Continue reading

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Linkspam: February 3rd, 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

Sara will be reviewing asexual fiction from Riptide Publishing.

Sennkestra talks about marriage tax bonuses and penalties.

Sara talks about American Indians and blood quanta.

News & Outreach

CJ Chasin has a new academic paper responding to Brotto and Yule’s recent sexual orientation paper.

Calls for Participants/Submissions

There’s a research project on sexual identity exploration on the internet looking for participants.

asexualresearch would like some help putting together an asexual bibliography on Zotero.

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