Hello to my ace followers (and anyone else who might run across this post)!
A friend of mine is interested in reading more about asexuality/demisexuality/grey-asexuality, and asked me to send him my favorite articles, blogs, etc. While I have quite a lot of links saved up, I’ve been less active…
But I couldn’t think of anything to say. I started to get nervous and felt self-conscious so i left.
They probably thought I was creepin’. Sitting around so long without saying anything.
nah, you were cool. I was spacing out the whole time so I barely talked anyway. Actually, the fact that I saw this and replied probably makes me the creeper…But anyway, your welcome to drop in any time :)
So I’m involved with an asexuality hotline known as “Strictly Asexuality” and I thought this would be as good a place as any to mention it. The number is 215-525-3595. It’s a regular call and for so many people having unlimited long distance calling is the US it’s a free call.
Option 1-Stirctly Asexuality
Option 2-Strictly Asexuality II
Option 3-Ponyville Insider(yes we have an option dedicated to MLP)
Option 4-Coming Soon
Option 5-Coming Soon
huh. interesting idea, but it’s kinda odd. I wouldn’t really call this a hotline; it feels more like a call-in-to-listen podcast. I think it would be better if option 1 was a basic ASEX 101 type dealio, with basic info on what asexuality is and possible directions to helpful resources. The current ramblings there are really better suited for a podcast, where I could listen without using up my cell phone’s minutes.
Also, who is this intended for? The description seems like it would be for either A. people looking to kearn more about asexuality or B. people having a crisis related to asexuality. However, the current “hotline” addresses neither of these situations. I’d recommend either changing the content to better address these, or changing the way it’s promoted to make it clear that it’s more like a radio program or podcast than something for basic information or advice or crisis management.
Also, one last concern - since it’s basically a voicemail system, this will be recording all the numbers of people who call, yes? That’s a bit worrisome.
are asexuals even allowed to identify as queer? i see some people put it as LGBTQA online, but i don’t personally know anyone who thinks asexual exist, let alone discuss the use of the queer label for asexuals
It depends. Some queers feel it is okay, whilst others only…
the whole “are aces queer” thing never gets conclusively resolved.
FWIW, though, the queer community where I am totally considers aces part of the queer community. We either include two As (for asexuality and ally) or just say it stands for both, like Q stands for both queer and questioning. We usually just use queer as the umbrella term though.
As for my personal thoughts, I think there definitely is/should be a place for asexuals in the queer community, but each ace should make their own decision as to whether they personally consider themselves queer.
“This paper investigates the existence of asexuality or ace identity. The aim of the paper is twofold, to examine the emergence of a seemingly impossible identity and to consider the consequences of an asexual space in a sexual discourse. Since the term ‘asexual’ proves problematic in its dependence on the existence of sexuality, the first half of the paper attempts to renegotiate a definition of asexuality, focusing on the power of the term “ace”. I then explore the work of three exemplary authors, Anne Fausto-Sterling, Lillian Faderman, and Michael Foucault, who prove successful in constructing an alternative discourse to the dominant sexual regime. Using their work, I argue that not only does an asexual space help individuals articulate their existence; it also creates resistance against the dominant power regime. Outside of academia, I argue that technology takes the reins, as the Asexual Visibility and Education Network’s (AVEN) online presence continues to raise awareness and expand the asexual community.”
OK, just thought I’d mention again that people might want to hold off a bit before pestering them with emails - the terms page is incredibly out of date, and the fact that it still has an outdated definition of asexuality is an honest mistake. I know for a fact that people at GenEq know about asexuality, and have discussed it correctly elsewhere. I’ve contacted the people I know there, and it shouldn’t be a problem to get it changed. Will let people know when I hear back.
Also, the uclink email that was posted on facebook is not the correct email for GenEq - it’s long out of date, so anything sent there will be ignored. If you still feel a need to contact them, try email@example.com. Still, I’d recommend giving them some time before spamming them with emails.
I personally am not a fan of Calls to Action — at least from me. The reader can make up his own mind.
wow, that’s awkward. I know the people at GenEq, and they do know the correct definition of asexuality, and it’s been used properly in all the recent stuff from them. I think the problem is that the terms page hasn’t been updated for some time, so it was probably before knowledge of asexuality became widespread. The contact email there is one that I’m pretty sure isn’t used anymore. I can let them know that it needs to be fixed.