“When one assumes cisgender and heterosexual existence to be ‘normal,’ their actions and words based on this belief directly serve the agendas of European colonizers.”
Volume 2, Issue 2 of The Asexual journal on Asexuality and Representation includes artwork and writing by various ace-identified authors who think of representations of asexuality in varying respects, whether as expressions of the self and community, as readings and interpretations of media, and as opportunities to reimagine the current social and sexual landscape.
“The way I experience love is meaningful, whole and enough. But maybe this is what they mean when they say sometimes love isn’t enough.”
“Asexuality isn’t a focus of the book, but to have the word there in black and white, however small, is a powerful, joyful thing.”
“Sexuality is weird and complicated both with and without an A preceding it, but sometimes labels help.”
Art by Daniela Illing.
“…the pieces all fall into place and you can’t imagine ever not knowing what now seems like the most obvious thing in the world: you’re asexual.”
“In The Stumbling Dead, there appear to be no romantic or sexual relationships within the Horde, but the friendships every zombie forms are incredibly strong and devoted.“
“For the first time in my life I had an answer other than "broken" for the way I experienced the world.”
“But in retrospect, I can see why this game spoke to me: it validated a part of me that I did not yet know existed.“
“I look forward to the day when I feel more comfortable saying the words out loud: I’m asexual.”
“It’s something that is often assumed, and not often discussed: the stereotype that people with disabilities do not have sex or have conventional relationships.“
“I’m so much more complicated than our neat, simple and tidy words can describe, and maybe we all are.“
“We should not be bombarded with messaging that tells us that we are missing a prerequisite to fulfillment and life satisfaction, and that there is something defunct within us.“
Poetry by Lijavi Toledo Loaiza.
“You’re asexual. It’s more complicated than that, but it is something that finally feels yours.“
“Let's say there's a kind of dessert that's everyone's favorite but yours.“
Poetry by Terlona Knife.
Art by Daniela Illing.
“Not wanting sex or possibly never having it doesn’t make me or anyone else less than or broken.”