The Asexual platform operates from the perspective that cisheteropatriarchy, along with white supremacy, capitalism, and ableism, are elements of the Western paradigm which have been disseminated throughout the world through colonial violence as cultural imports of non-Indigenous European settlers and colonizers. Through colonization, Western constructs of race, gender, and sexuality became socially understood as “natural” throughout much of the global population; racist, transphobic, homophobic/queerphobic, misogynistic, sexological (hetero[sexual] desire as “natural”), amatonormative (romantic coupling as “natural”), ableist, and capitalist ideologies function together and are empowered as “truths” through colonial violence, subjugation, and control over the narrative. Because Western society holds the institutional power to condition these ideologies into many of us, even by a very young age, as a byproduct, and especially for those of us who are not privileged, we may often feel inferior, worthless, depressed, anxious, ugly, powerless, and “broken.” Putting asexuality in perspective means recognizing its placement as a component within this larger context. It is our responsibility to empower Indigenous ways of knowing in order to work to unravel the Western paradigm and decolonize our thought processes so that healing of the personal, communal, and global can expand throughout the world. Ideas informing, supporting, and representing aspects of this perspective will be listed and updated below.
The Sacred Hoop: Recovering the Feminine in American Indian Traditions, book by Paula Gunn Allen
“The Earth Talks: Indigenous Ways of Knowing,” lecture by Pat McCabe
“My Washoe Way of Knowing & My Professional Identity,” lecture by Lisa Grayshield
“Rebuilding Sustainable Indigenous Communities: Applying Native Science,” lecture by Gregory Cajete
Tisese: A Documentary on Three Mosuo Women (三個摩梭女子的故事), film directed by Chou Wah Shan and published by Ying E Chi
Spaces Between Us: Queer Settler Colonialism and Indigenous Decolonization, book by Scott Lauria Morgensen
EMAVoicesOfTheEarth Interview, lecture video series with Malidoma Somé
Wisdom Keeper: One Man's Journey to Honor the Untold History of the Unangan, book by Ilarion Merculieff
Whereas, poetry by Layli Long Soldier
People of the Seal, film directed by Kate Raisz and starring Aquilina Lestenkof
“Extermination of the Joyas: Gendercide in Spanish California,” article by Deborah A. Miranda
“Winnemem Healers,” video with Florence Jones and Caleen Sisk
Changing Ones: Third and Fourth Genders in Native North America, book by Will Roscoe
The History of Sexuality Volume 1: An Introduction, book by Michel Foucault
Bodies That Matter: On the Discursive Limits of Sex, book by Judith Butler
Written by Michael Paramo, last updated June 22, 2019
The Asexual is publishing work by ace, aro, and agender authors.
The Asexual was created in October 2016.
The Asexual journal is an online literary magazine which published its first issue in Spring 2017.
The Asexual journal has published writers and artists from lands referred to as Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Italy, Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, United Kingdom, and United States.
The Asexual journal has published work from past/present students at the Agricultural University of Athens, Bath Spa University, Colby College, Obafemi Awolowo University, Old Dominion University, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Simmons University, Stockholm University, The New School, University of California, Los Angeles, University of Central Florida, University of Southern California, University of Salford, University of Sussex, University of Toledo, and others.
The Asexual is managed independently. You can support The Asexual through Patreon.
The Asexual is followed by Lamda Literary, the leading LGBT literary organization in the nation, and supported by AVEN (The Asexual Visibility and Education Network).
Michael Paramo (he/they) is a third gender queer neurodivergent Xicanx writer, artist, and researcher. Their research subjects of interest include asexuality, postcolonial, feminist, queer and global Indigenous studies. They have attained a Master’s degree in American Studies from California State University, Fullerton. Twitter: @mxparamo and Profile Page.
Ai Baba (she/they) is an aroace agender person, who is currently writing a dissertation on how to include into history those who have been marginalized, excluded, and/or forgotten from history, proposing the inclusion of asexuality in historical analyses. Ai currently volunteers for the Asexual Census Survey Team and also runs “ace to ace” to connect those who identify as ace in Japan (http://ace2ace121.wordpress.com). Twitter: @not_alibaba
Geoffrey Colaizzi is an androromantic demisexual agender person located in northern Virginia. They are an undergraduate student at George Mason University, and has presented their research on asexual relationality at the National Women's Studies Association in 2015 and 2017. While going to school part-time, they also work as a full-time HR intern and a part-time HR assistant. Over the past six years, Geoffrey has also been an activist in their spare time working to expand ace/aro awareness and inclusivity in local queer communities and spaces. Twitter: @inqueertime
Evelyn Elgie is a queer ace poet, artist, and academic. Her work deals with mental illness, asexuality, deconstruction and landscape, and in particular a radical re-imagining of our cultural understanding of sex and romance. She holds a BA in Contemporary Studies and Creative Writing from the University of King’s College, and her poetry has appeared in Open Heart Forgery, Glass Mountain, and Hinge: Journal of the Contemporary. She is about to begin her master’s degree at the Social Justice Institute at the University of British Columbia.
Katie Halinski is a non-binary grey-asexual from London. They are currently doing a PhD in Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic at the University of Cambridge, where they are researching human-bird interactions and bird symbolism in Old Norse culture. In their spare time, they enjoy playing bass guitar and watching films (the stranger the better). They can be found on Twitter as @Liminalitea, where they mostly post about kaiju, cats, the stranger parts of medieval culture, and mental health.
Emma Hutson is currently completing a PhD on trans literature at Sheffield Hallam University. She has work published in C Word: An anthology of writing from Cardiff, Severine Literary and Art Journal, CrabFat Magazine, the Harpoon Review and The Asexual journal. Her short story ‘Footsteps’ came second place in Sheffield Authors’ Off The Shelf short story competition. She is available on Twitter @hemmanony
Joe Jukes holds an MA Sexual Dissidence from the University of Sussex, UK. Their primary research interests concern theory, including Queer- and Gender Theory, Critical Theory as well as Cultural Geography and Rural Studies. Joe's MA thesis sought new, creative methodologies for discussing asexuality without recourse to the 'negative'. They have published in The Asexual before, in the Body and Sex issues, and are hoping to pursue a PhD working towards the creation of “asexual theory.” Their Twitter can be found @JoeeJayyy
sydney khoo is a non-binary and queer writer, born in new south wales, australia to malaysian-chinese parents. though typically located crying in starbucks or tweeting in mcdonalds, they can occasionally be found posting creative essays and short stories online. follow them on twitter @sydneykerosene
Ashley O’Mara is a freelance writer, former Jeopardy! contestant, and PhD candidate at Syracuse University, where they are writing a dissertation about celibacy and asexuality in literature after the English Reformation. Their work on sexuality, religion, and politics has appeared in America and Metathesis. They identify as ace, enby, and some kind of andro- or biromantic. They have strong opinions about hummus. Follow them online at ashleyomara.com and @ashleymomara
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Last Updated: June 3rd, 2019