Saturday, June 28th, was the International Asexuality Conference at Toronto’s Ryerson University. It was a big hit! A lot of people turned out for it! AVEN has a photo and video thread as well as a thread for conference feedback. A simple search for “asexuality conference” on YouTube will bring up some of the discussions. I’m sure more will be posted as well, and I’ll try to post more information as I find it. TheStar.com reported that the conference hosted the “largest gathering of asexuals ever”!
About thirty or so of us went out the dinner after the conference. Ivy had to leave for an interview with Canadian TV (I posted the link below)! I have also added a few more of her many web residences, and if you’re interested in more asexual news, I would suggest keeping up with her @swankivy account! The Bibliophibian posted a review of Ivy’s book that will be released in September of this year: The Invisible Orientation: An Introduction to Asexuality. Ivy has also published articles around the Internet on asexuality and her websites will guide you to them and keep you up-to-date. For example, here’s one she recently got published on TheToast.com: “‘Enjoy Your Houseful of Cats’: On Being an Asexual Woman”.
For the purposes of archiving, AVEN had a Facebook page and hashtag set up, and here are all the tweets tagged with #awp2014: https://twitter.com/hashtag/awp2014 And speaking of books, I would also like to include this free Smashwords ebook I recently discovered: What Do You Mean You’re Not Interested in Sex?: American Life and Law from an Asexual Perspective by Amanda C. Lee.
The WorldPride parade on Sunday was pretty amazing and a lot of fun to march in! I will have to post some photos on AVEN as soon as I have more time to sort them. It was a really great experience seeing so many people witness some real awesome asexual visibility! (Also, sorry it took me so long to get this post together; I’ve been swamped with work, school, housework, etc.)
Click here for the CTV News Video “Asexuality Conference held in Toronto,” featuring Julie Sondra Decker.
Posted in Academia, Archiving, Asexual, Asexuality, AVEN, Blogs, Cake, Community, Conference, David Jay, Feminism, LGBT, Perspective, Research, Sara Beth Brooks, Sociology, Swankivy, Video, Visibility, WorldPride 2014
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Reblogging: Call for projects at the International Asexual Conference
Got a project idea for raising asexual vis awareness? Want to attend the largest North American ace gathering in history? Click here to read more.
See you in Toronto!
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While I quite busy at the moment, I had to include this website since I just now stumbled upon it! The project is based in Italy and Spain, which may be why it fell through the cracks for me, but I just had to feature it on this blog!
The Asexuals Project is “an ongoing multimedia web-doc created by the photographer and journalist Laia Abril.” This is a great journalist piece that really helps with asexuality visibility. I hope it continues to grow in popularity in the U.S.!
Also, check out their Facebook page!
I will try to post a few more items later this week. Happy reading!
Posted in Art, Asexual, Asexuality, AVEN, David Jay, LGBT, Perspective, Research, Sociology, Video, Visibility
Tagged asexuality, Asexuals Project, Community, Laia Abril, prejudice, Stereotypes, visibility
Extremely busy with school at the moment, but hopefully you have seen the Huffington Post’s “six-part series on asexuality,” which features some excellent resources for anyone interested in learning more about asexuality. For now, enjoy this awesome infographic! Preview text from the Huff:
“Aces say that asexuality, like sexuality, exists on a spectrum. Most asexuals, when asked, will identify two orientations: a sexual one and a romantic one.
“‘[The asexual lifestyle] allows you to see how sex and romance can be decoupled,’ said Anthony Bogaert, a professor at Canada’s Brock University and an authority on asexual research. ‘It allows you to see that when we automatically couple up romance and sex, as if they’re naturally together, that’s not true.'”
July 22, 2013 in Academia, Asexual, Asexuality, AVEN, Blogs, Bogaert, David Jay, LGBT, Maddox, Perspective, Research, Swankivy, Video, Visibility
Tagged anthony bogaert, Aromantic, asexual, asexuality, Biromantic, Bogaert, Demisexual, Gray-A, Heteroromantic, Homoromantic, huffington post, infographic, orientation, Panromantic, science, Spectrum
Another AVEN Digest link, Storm Watch: The Mystery of Sexual Attraction — and Asexuality interviews author of Understanding Asexuality, Anthony Bogaert. Bogaert gives a nice introduction, which is great press for the asexual community. I’m very pleased that he has published this book, forever placing us a real orientation in academia. Enjoy!
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Just a brief update to share an article from The Guardian and another from Mail Online. I tend to agree with The Guardian article; I don’t think the number of asexuals are increasing because of the media. I think we’re just finding it easier to come out. This leads me to a recent argument that asexuals don’t need visibility or representation, that we haven’t been victims of hate crimes like those already included the LGBT category. We may still suffer name-calling and labels like “broken,” further, we find ourselves simply defending the validity of our orientation. And we know our own attraction better than anyone else. I don’t mean, of course, that any one struggle for human equality is more arduous than another, but what is most important to me in asexuality visibility is bringing awareness to the youth — they need to understand that not wanting to have sex is OK. But, I digress…
I also located a video from FoxNews, which validate that the visual media find reporting on asexuality to be terribly boring. Sex sells and this group is much more interested in cracking jokes than clearing up myths.
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Tagged asexuality, equality, Fox News, human rights, LGBT
I just had a chance to watch this film and wanted to submit some feedback for the community.
The documentary opens with people trying to describe a definition for asexuality, which often turned into the “asexual reproduction” we see in the animal kingdom. Their views are also interspersed throughout the film for definitions on “a relationship,” “love,” etc.
Featured are some of the common misconceptions of asexuality, which is still necessary to more fully explain the concept to those who are unfamiliar with it. We see David Jay trying to inform people about asexuality at a San Francisco Pride, a nonsexual couple enter into marriage, and even a brief clip of Janeane Garofalo doing standup and identifying as asexual. I think the documentary is very gratifying for other asexuals, who see it reinforced that they’re not alone, and that they can show this film to family, friends, and scholars for further recognition if they so choose.
The film also featured psychologists who had researched asexuality or self-identified asexuals and found nothing psychologically wrong with them because of their asexuality, which is always a great feeling. The professionals interviewed include (listed in no particular order):
- Lori Brotto, Associate Professor, Department of Gynecology, University of British Columbia
- Anthony F. Bogaert, Professor of Community Health Services and Psychology, Brock College (or Brock University)
- Cynthia Graham, Clinical Psychologist, The Kinsey Institute
- Carol Queen, Sexologist, Founder, Center for Sex and Culture
- Dan Savage, Sex Columnist, who sunk to the level of the women on The View. He basically stated that there was no reason for visibility if there’s no sex happening. But I suppose it’s always necessary to at least supply the opponent’s viewpoint.
The film also featured some individuals in the asexual community, such as David Jay, Swank Ivy, and a few others, both young and old, who risked possible embarrassment of any intimate details for the sake of asexual visibility. To me, it seemed like it was all very much worth it. People need to know that it’s perfectly normal to not desire sex. Swank Ivy seems to be getting along just fine on her own. David Jay shared with us a deeply personal story that I think reaches further to suggest that we are all very much fluid in all of our identities and orientations: romantic, sexual, gender, etc. We change, we grow, we learn; it’s all a part of life. The most important point from all of this, I think, is that we are all able to identify ourselves however we choose.
Overall, a great film and definitely worth getting out there more!
(A)sexual is available at iTunes for $14.99 or Amazon.com.
(A)sexual at Arts Engine, Inc. (includes trailer) and Big Mouth Films.
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YouTube vlogger SwankIvy provides us with a humorous collection of responses to the subject of asexuality as a sexual orientation, and although this video is already half a year old, it is still an ideal list for the “101” teachings of asexuality. The particular title of this video also gives me a chance to mention that censorship has no place in this blog just as it has no place in a public library. As stated in Section III of the ALA’s Library Bill of Rights, “Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment.”