“I want to tell this story because people, especially in Peru, believe that the spectrum of sexuality is only about straights, gays and lesbians, when it really goes beyond that.”
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“You made me guilty of self respect / and forced those words out my stiff, unwilling lips / with your superior experience as citation.”
“You never knew how important it was to see yourself reflected on a TV screen. You've never felt so heard, seen, validated, and loved. You weren't imagining your pain; it's real to others too.“
“The ‘A’ in LGBTQIA+ stands for aromantic, asexual, and agender. (…) I often joke that, being all three, I am a void, a black hole.”
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"On the internet, many of the asexuals I’ve come across have been white. And while I appreciate that they are out there, it’s hard to relate to them. A white asexual person will never understand my struggle as a black asexual person."
For me, having sex never completes me. On the contrary, it usually makes me feel worthless, even when I’ve had sex consensually.
Poetry by Shastra Deo.
But… how could I be asexual and a fetishist? Aren’t those two things completely in conflict with one another?
Asexuality is such a valuable way to experience and navigate human connection, and I now know much better than to feel otherwise.
Joe Jukes analyzes how language and speech come to shape our understandings of sex and, by extension, asexuality.
I couldn’t think, speak, or move. I’ve rejected him three times, but three times was not enough for him.
Brian Fink, PhD examines asexual community participation and identifies the reasons why asexuals do or do not participate in communities, both online and offline.
Sex can be a weapon – a dagger that can leave wounds that will never fully heal.
We grew up hearing that we had to admire and aspire to be with these alluring people, so that we could have sex with them and have nice children: “hay que mejorar la raza.”
Jennifer Smart explores the importance of building a strong community and support network for asexual individuals and more.
Poetry by Steph Keahey.
Performance Poetry by S.J. Waring.
Art by Elyse Jones.
Submit your work for inclusion in The Asexual's upcoming journal issue on Asexuality and Representation. Deadline: June 12th, 2018.