a space for ace creators.
The Asexual, founded in October 2016, primarily serves as a space for writers and artists under the ace umbrella to publish their work in an online and physical quarterly journal of the same name. Vol. 1, Issue 1 of The Asexual journal was released online on April 1st, 2017 and featured the work of eight ace authors. Vol. 1, Issue 2 of The Asexual was released on July 1st, 2017 and received more than double the total submissions and featured the work of fourteen ace authors. The journal was viewed over 450 times on its first day of release and was the first to be produced in physical format. Vol. 1, Issue 3 of The Asexual is due to be released on October 1st, 2017 and will be the first to have a theme. "Body" is the theme of the issue, and it will feature pieces engaging with topics on how asexual/ace bodies are understood as well as on the intersections with body-image, fatness, and desirability concerning asexual bodies. The Asexual journal has featured ace authors from Hungary, India, Pakistan, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
In addition to quarterly journal issues, The Asexual also publishes articles, feature pieces, and interviews centering the ace perspective and experience on TheAsexual.com. These pieces are diverse in topic, scope, and narrative, exemplified in the differences between a article entitled "On being Fat, Queer, and Asexual," which centers a personal narrative of an ace person, and another piece entitled "Considering Intersectionality and Accessing Asexuality: Sexualization," which is more academic in its focus. Along with the journal, articles published on TheAsexual.com serve the purpose of centering asexual/ace activism, uplifting the voices of ace people who so often go unheard, providing a platform for an asexual/ace perspective on a diverse array of topics, and educating others both inside and outside the ace community on the asexual/ace experience. Currently the most viewed article on TheAsexual.com is "On being Fat, Queer, and Asexual," receiving over 1,750 views since July 2017. TheAsexual.com continues to welcome articles, feature pieces, interviews, and more by ace writers to be featured on the website.
founder, editor-in-chief, layout, writer, social media.
Michael Paramo is a queer asexual Latinx demiguy and graduate student currently residing in southern California. They originally founded The Asexual due to an intense passion to provide a space for writers and artists under the ace umbrella to publish their work as well as to amplify the voices of those within the asexual community. Through their dedication to this important objective, they continuously manage all facets of The Asexual, being editor-in-chief, layout editor, and cover designer of The Asexual journal as well as website designer, article writer, editor, and social media manager for the website overall. They yearn to continue developing The Asexual into a prominent space that centers the ace perspective and uplifts ace voices in the future.
Their research interests include queerness, asexuality, gender, media representation, popular culture, and intersectionality. They have presented original research papers at national conferences, including the Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association and the U.S. branch of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music. They will be presenting an original research paper on asexuality at the upcoming National Women's Studies Association's national conference in Fall 2017. They have received editorial experience both as an editor of a student journal on their campus as well as through being an editor on H-Net, an online interdisciplinary forum for scholars in the humanities and social sciences. Their academic research experience has also been enhanced through a graduate research assistantship completed on their campus.