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The Asexual journal is an independent platform publishing work by asexual, aromantic, and agender authors.

Vote for Issue Themes: Vol. 3, Issue 1

Vote for Issue Themes: Vol. 3, Issue 1

The Asexual will be releasing a series of polls on our Twitter account to allow followers and supporters an opportunity to determine the theme of our upcoming issue (Vol. 3, Issue 1). After this series of polls (beginning with sixteen potential issue themes) are completed, the four most popular/voted themes will then be voted upon by our supporters on Patreon. A brief description of each of the sixteen potential themes may be found here.

Voting results (updated March 14th, 2019)

Poll #1 - 635 votes
Community 21%
Defining Identity 47%
Family 20%
Nature 12%

Poll #2 - 773 votes
Disability 25%
Fashion 20%
Gender 32%

Own Voices” Fiction 23%

Poll #3 - 1,066 votes
Relationships 29%
Discovering Identity 34%
BDSM / Kink 32%

Cyberspace 5%

Poll #4 - 493 votes
Health 20%
Intersectionality 34%
Masculinity 32%

Open Issue 14%


BDSM / Kink

A journal issue for those in the BDSM/kink community who are also ace/aro. Does your practice of BDSM/kink counter dominant perceptions of the subculture? How do you navigate the relationship between societal ideas of sex, sexual arousal, attraction, and play as they relate to BDSM/kink? (etc.)

Related: On Being Asexual and Kinky (Vol. 2, Issue 1) by Bob O'Boyle

Community

How do you understand and/or participate in community? Is community important to you? Has community helped you feel empowered? Do you feel accepted in the larger queer or LGBTQIA+ community? How do you navigate identities whose communities may exist in conflict? (etc.)

Cyberspace

How have online spaces been important to you? Has the internet operated as an effective tool to spread awareness and acceptance of asexuality/aromanticism? Have online connections led to in-person connections with others in your life? How would you like discourse in cyberspace to change or progress in relation to your identity? (etc.)

Defining Identity

How do you define your personal identity? Should definitions of asexuality/aromanticism be specific and limited or loose and expandable? Is it important that a singular definition of an identity be adopted entirely by the community? Is someone only asexual if they self-identify as asexual? (etc.)

Disability

What are the relationships between disability and asexuality/aromanticism? What is your experience as a disabled ace/aro person? How do you navigate understandings of asexuality/aromanticism and disability? How does asexuality/aromanticism inform understandings of disability and vice versa? (etc.)

Related: Existing and Defying Stereotypes as an A-spec Disabled Person (Vol. 2, Issue 2) by Sapphire Crimson Claw

Discovering Identity

How did you discover asexuality/aromanticism? How long did it take to come to terms with your identity? Is it an ongoing process? How have you navigated this journey of self-understanding and sharing your identity with others? Was your identity obvious to you, or a struggle to accept? (etc.) Introduced by Katie Frey

Family

How have you navigated expectations of sex, marriage, reproduction, and other normalized experiences often associated with “family”? How do you approach ideas of the "nuclear family"? Does your identity disrupt societal ideas of family? (etc.)

Related: On Motherhood, Nuclear Politics, and Other Related Topics (Vol. 1, Issue 3) by Amanda Amos

Fashion

Our appearance and what we wear can often be connected to our sexuality, whether invited or not. How may these assumptions based on our appearance produce harmful and invalidating reactions? Can our make-up or clothing mark us in sexual ways or in relation to attraction? Do you care about fashion or appearance, and if so or if not, why may this be the case? What are the gendered differences here? (etc.) Introduced by Lori Hyrup (@LoriHyrup)

Gender

How do you navigate your gender identity and expression in relation to (a)sexuality/attraction? How do wider understandings of gender complicate understandings of asexuality/aromanticism? How do you navigate gender, identity, and community? What are the differences in identifying as asexual/aromantic as they relate to your gender identity and the gender identity of others? (etc.)

Health

How have concepts, institutions, and services related to health worked to invalidate and/or validate your identity? Has the status of your health been questioned because of your identity? What implications has this had on your life? How have you navigated this relationship between health, identity, and social life? (etc.)

Related: Mental Health and Brain-Scrambling Animal Magnetism (Vol. 2, Issue 4) by Cat Cotsell

Intersectionality

Does asexuality/aromanticism expand conversations of intersectionality? How do ace/aro identity function in an intersectional framework? What is the relationship between oppression and asexuality/aromanticism? How do the experiences of ace/aro people at the intersection of various identities (as they relate to oppression) differ? How may we explore these differences? (etc.)

Masculinity

According to a census of the ace community of over 10,000 ace people conducted by AVEN, only 13.3% of the ace community identify as a "man" or "male." Are understandings of asexual/aromantic identity and masculinity in conflict with one another in a manner unlike femininity and asexuality? What does it mean to identify as a “man” and asexual/aromantic? What is your experience as an asexual/aromantic “man” or “masculine” person? Does asexuality/aromanticism challenge masculinity? (etc.)

Nature

Being sexual, having a sexual drive, and experiencing sexual desire/attraction are often perceived as "natural"? How does asexuality/aromanticism relate to concepts of human nature? What is the relationship of asexuality/aromanticism and perceptions of the unnatural and the natural? How does asexuality/aromanticism relate to human understandings of life and living? (etc.)

Open Issue

No specific theme will be selected. The issue will be left completely open if decided upon by followers and supporters. Similar to Vol. 1, Issue 1 and Vol. 1, Issue 2.

"Own Voices" Ace/Aro Fiction

A Special Issue including and prioritizing the inclusion of fiction by ace/aro authors. Short stories, excerpts, and more are welcome. Introduced by Katie Frey

Relationships

A journal issue dedicated to the telling of ace/aro perspectives on relationships and of personal experiences regarding navigating the various relationships in our lives. This may be taken broadly. It may also be understood as referring more specifically to relationships which may be perceived as concerning dating and partnerships. (etc.)



Article image: original artwork by Michael Paramo

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