Talk or learn about asexuality 201!
February 25, 2015 8:56 AM   Subscribe

Talk or learn about asexuality 201!
So I mentioned this in the #womensMarch MeTa thread, but I am the vice-admin for a group blog called the Asexual Agenda whose purpose is to promote more higher-level discussion of asexuality, by asexuals. It also aims to provide a community center for asexuals who are interested in this discourse.

What this means is that this is a project for people who want to focus on discussing asexuality without having to worry about introductory "asexuality 101." I'm discussing here the sexual orientation that is an identity for people, not the form of reproduction or any kind of genital configuration. If you're wholly unfamiliar with that, you are welcome to read posts anyway but our stated policy encourages you to go elsewhere to learn about the basics rather than commenting and demanding to go over them on site. To that end, we offer a list of 101-oriented resources for people who are not sure where to start.

The idea is to get asexual-spectrum (including people who identify as 'grey-A' or demisexual) talking about complicated things that affect them. We also currently host the Carnival of Aces, which is your standard blog carnival that sets a topic for a month and then collates posts from assorted people so that they can be read as a whole later on. We try to maintain a diverse list of contributors, but we also encourage guest posts and try to link posts listed elsewhere in order to promote as many voices as possible. You can find things I specifically have authored here, but my cobloggers are all excellent, articulate people whose work I have the utmost respect for and I would encourage anyone who is interested to read work by all of them. I am very proud of our contributors.

In addition to hosting posts from our contributing writers and the odd guest post (all perspectives written by and for asexual-spectrum people), we also operate a few other projects. There's a weekly Question of the Week where a mod asks something and people contribute their opinions and experiences, and we also run a weekly linkspam with the goal of creating more interconnectivity between existing asexuality blogs and writers, and also with the goal of making it easy to find new initiatives. At one point, we also had a journal club that was designed to give people a place to discuss the peer reviewed literature on asexuality via a weekly Skype chat. Summaries of the literature and transcripts of the chats were posted for future reference.
Role: Vice-admin, webmaster, contributor
posted by sciatrix (4 comments total) 16 users marked this as a favorite

I don't know much about this so this is all very interesting.
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 9:21 AM on February 25, 2015 [1 favorite]

Same. I have been looking forward to this since I saw your comment on the grey. Time to dive in!
posted by Literaryhero at 6:08 AM on February 26, 2015 [1 favorite]

I mean, I'm honestly just startled people are interested--like I said on the grey, my experience has been very much that there's a lot of pushback along the lines of "okay so why do I care about your sex life, why are you telling me this?" Even when I try to talk about why it matters.

...I may go write about that, we've been pretty quiet lately...
posted by sciatrix at 6:44 AM on February 26, 2015

Count me as someone else who has been looking forward to this since your comment in the grey. Thanks for posting this here!
posted by litera scripta manet at 10:06 AM on March 1, 2015

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