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Asexuality World Festival 2014

Asexuality World Festival 2014

FYI: The official name of the conference has been changed as well as their e-mail address: wp2014@asexuality.org.

Asexuality in the News

I found some recent mentions of asexuality in the news that I wanted to share. I hope these will invoke some intellectual discussion regarding human sexuality. Here they are in no particular order:

1. “DINEEN: A Look Into My Sex Life” by Bailey Dineen at the Cornell Daily Sun.

2. “Why Some People Become 30-Year-Old Virgins” by Christina Sterbenz at Business Insider.

3. “New Group to Bring Awareness of Cornell Asexual Community” by Emma Ianni at the Cornell Daily Sun.

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Asexuality at WorldPride 2014!

Asexuality at WorldPride 2014!

Spread the word! The topic of asexuality will be featured at the Human Rights Conference at World Pride 2014 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. We have entered LGBT academia and we’re here to stay!

From our Tumblr: Asexuality will be represented at the WorldPride Human Rights Conference, 25–27 June 2014. The presentation will be entitled “From bananas to zucchinis: How talking about asexuality can contribute to queer and trans* positive, comprehensive, sexual education”.

See also: http://worldprideasexuality.tumblr.com/ More info will always be available at AVEN.

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“A” stands for asexuals and not allies

“A” stands for asexuals and not allies

Here’s a great column on asexuality by Katherine Richard from The Maroon, the student newspaper at Loyola University New Orleans. Thank you so much for this article!

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The Asexual Spectrum: Identities In The Ace Community

The Asexual Spectrum: Identities In The Ace Community

Extremely busy with school at the moment, but hopefully you have seen the Huffington Post’ssix-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.'”

Survey at All Out

LGBT organization currently has a survey available; they want your opinions! I highly recommend identifying yourself as “asexual” if it applies!

surveymonkey.com/s/allout

As for my survey on AsexualNews.com, only 37 AVENites responded, with 29 votes for “I didn’t know it existed until now.” Despite the small number of votes, there’s nothing wrong with a little visibility! Speaking of which, I have been overwhelmed with work so I need to catch up on asexual news too. As of today, there are some interesting issues on AsexualNews.com and Sara Beth Brooks, David Jay, Swankivy, and others are clearly working hard for the asexual community.

“Love Without Sex” Web Interview/Discussion

Originally aired November 26, 2012, this Huffington Post web interview discusses asexuality from a very honest and layperson viewpoint. There are no aggressive arguments here, and I think it would make a great resource to share with family and friends. You can view and post comments as well. Hosted by Janet Varney.

Guests include:
David Jay (San Francisco, CA), Founder, AVEN
Maddox (San Francisco, CA), LGBT Advocate and Educator
CJ Chasin (Windsor, Canada), Ph.D. Student in Applied Social Psychology, University of Windsor
Angela Tucker (Brooklyn, NY), Documentary Filmmaker

The webpage also cites an interesting resource: “Does Asexuality Fall Under the Queer Umbrella?” by Allison Hope, PR specialist and journalist, May 16, 2012. I think this particular matter is going to come up more and more as asexuality permeates into LGBT issues. It may take a while, but we’ll get there.

On a related matter, the (A)sexual documentary is now available in the USA on Netflix, according to Jeremy44 of AVEN. Click here to view the forum thread.

Back from a librarian vacation of sorts…

I apologize for the long gap in posts here, I have been busy working full-time (finally!) and studying for my master’s program in library science, and I did realize from the get-go that I wasn’t the best blogger… Surely we have some new ace webpages out there now, from the time Bogaert’s book was published (August) to Christmas. Speaking of which, I hope everyone’s holiday(s) have been just wonderful! I have yet another four-day weekend before me for New Year’s so I will be catching up on some reading and will hopefully have some reviews for you very soon.

AVEN Homepage

By now you have most certainly seen the updated design for AVEN (which may look a bit like my idea: “Proposed Idea for AVEN Website Re-design”?) that definitely brings the site together much better than before. I have found a couple broken links, such as the “Learn More” button when accessed from the Forums homepage, and the link to Comments (“Updated 28 Dec · 0 comments”) from a user’s profile page. Nevertheless, I think the design is well on its way to utilizing AVEN to its fullest extent. Feel free to respond here about the AVEN upgrade.

Another topic I wanted to address is AsexualNews.com. Most sites in the asexual community are personal sites such as blogs or Tumblrs. Whether you consider yourself a member of the asexual community, how would rate the news on AsexualNews.com? Where do you get your asexual news, if you seek it out at all? AVEN forum thread regarding this issue: “What is Your Opinion of AsexualNews.com?”

Interview with Anthony Bogaert

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!

Asexual Prejudice?

Here is a recent article, “Prejudice Against ‘Group X’ (Asexuals)” by Gordon Hodson and posted on AVEN Digest Oc.t 8, which I think would quite interesting to follow up on, as Hodson mentions near the end of his article. He also lists some good references and further readings at the bottom of the page, which includes two of Bogaert’s articles. I will be following up with a review of Bogaert’s book as soon as I finish it. I purchased the Kindle edition for about $28.

I also found a Bundlr page: An Introduction to Asexuality which has links to some good references, especially for “101” materials. Just had to share!