The Asexual is a quarterly journal featuring writers and creators from under the ace umbrella. This is the cover for volume 1, issue 3.

The Asexual is a quarterly journal featuring writers and creators from under the ace umbrella. This is the cover for volume 1, issue 3.

The Asexual, Vol. 1, Issue 3

Editor-in-Chief: Michael Paramo // Layout Editor: Michael Paramo

On Asexuality and Body

A human body may be nothing more or so much more than its physicality. As potential onlookers, we often consume anatomical and phenotypical qualities of bodies at first glance. Our perceptions may produce quiet whispers, seeping into our unconscious, or silencing screams, accelerating our heartbeats, but each body tells us something. What the body conveys is informed by the culture(s) we inhabit, from the media, family, church, school, and more. Our bodies themselves are reproductions and (potential) reproducers of this culture, as we become entangled by its desire for self-continuation. Our bodies are consumed in this self-perpetuating cycle. Is our body our destiny? Is transcending this system possible? We still can and do resist and disrupt, decolonize and deconstruct, unlearn and unpack, at least, we may try. Whether our efforts will triumph is an impossible question for another time.

If our bodies are the reproductive machines of society, where does the asexual body fit? How does one even define an asexual body? At the very least, asexual bodies are often left unmarked within society. One may be asexual, but this is difficult to discern through perception alone. Rather, our identities are often learned through our own intimate and/or public confessions, frequently producing disbelief and numerous other points of affect in the audience. In this transitional and critical moment in which we may decide to share our asexuality, our bodies quickly transform into subjects for dissection. Does what we say match what they see? Do our bodies look asexual to the audience? For certain bodies, being “asexual” already pre-exists as an assumed or impossible quality, with intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, age, queerness, fatness, disability, and hegemonic conceptions of beauty, among other variables, constructing this equation of understanding.

The forthcoming pieces by authors under the ace umbrella grapple with questions and concepts suggested in this introduction, examining topics of body positivity, identity management, reproduction, health, navigating relationships, intersectionality, and more to explore this theme of asexuality and the body.


Table of Contents

How to Disappear Completely 1

Ashley Kleczka

 

An Asexual Awakening 2    

Emily Karp

 

Being Asexual and Overweight 3     

Krystal Cooper

 

Body Shaming 4   

Mehreen Qaisar

 

Asexual Insight on the Male Homoerotic Body 5  

Joe Jukes

 

When You Say “Body,” I Say 6 

Maribel C. Pagan

 

Considering Intersectionality and (De)Sexualizing Asexual Bodies 7  

Michael Paramo

 

Inside Out 8

Ms. Ace

 

Colors of the Dragon 9    

Diane Ramic

 

The Acceptance of Questioning 10

Emma Hutson

 

blood on my hands 11  

Moira Armstrong

 

On Motherhood, Nuclear Politics,and Other Related Topics 12

Amanda Amos

 

Bargain 13

Elyssa Tappero

 

Your Asexuality is Not a Problem 14

Aurora Thornton

 

Ace Pride & Queer Enough 15

Deramin

 

Sleeping with Space 16

Elyse Jones

 

A Routine Procedure 17

Saralyn Smith


All works in The Asexual are created by writers, artists, and creators who identify under the ace umbrella. Owner retains copyright of work upon publication, but agrees to give The Asexual first serial/electronic rights and print rights as well as electronic and print archival rights. Owner also agrees that if the work is published subsequently, either online or in print, credit to The Asexual is provided. For more information visit TheAsexual.com. Cover photography by Michael Paramo.


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