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Asexuality at the WorldPride 2014 Toronto Recap

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.

The Asexuals Project

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!

Asexuality Studies Tumblr, AVEN CAKE, and More News

The Asexuality Studies Tumblr has recently begun and, in the author’s words, is directed mostly to the following audience: “Help! I’m in a freshman English class and I want to write about asexuality! What do I do?” Users are encouraged to submit any questions regarding “existing research, community statistics, or community history.”

Also, AVEN CAKE is having an Un-conference and after-party/AVEN Prom on Saturday, April 12, 2014, in New York City. Visit their WordPress site for more info!

Both resources have been added to the link list on right sidebar of this website for further reference.

Reminder: Paper and panel submissions for the Regulating Intimacy Graduate Symposium are due April 30, 2014. The symposium will be held October 17–19, 2014 at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Please click the above link for more information.

Lastly, Columbia law professor Elizabeth F. Emens published an academic article earlier this year regarding asexuality: “Compulsory Sexuality.” She says “Part III.E discusses jurisdictions with anti-discrimination laws covering asexuality (especially p. 362 and thereabouts), as part of Part III’s broader discussion of how U.S. law looks through the lens of asexuality.” The article PDF is free to download.

Upcoming Conferences: Mark Your Calendars Now!

2014 National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) Annual Conference
This year’s topic: Feminist Transgressions
Date and Place: November 13–16, 2014, in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Click here for conference registration info.

27th Creating Change Conference, provided by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
Date and Place: February 4–8, 2015, at the beautiful Sheraton Downtown Denver, Colorado.
Click here for updates as they are posted.

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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.

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.

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!

(A)sexual Film Review

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):

  1. Lori Brotto, Associate Professor, Department of Gynecology, University of British Columbia
  2. Anthony F. Bogaert, Professor of Community Health Services and Psychology, Brock College (or Brock University)
  3. Cynthia Graham, Clinical Psychologist, The Kinsey Institute
  4. Carol Queen, Sexologist, Founder, Center for Sex and Culture
  5. 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.