Every week is a good week to celebrate your asexual friends and family (or self!), but this week is especially exciting. Ace Week happens every year in October, and it’s meant to spread asexual education and awareness. Last year, I had a few suggestions for you to check out at the library, and this year, I have three more. From Native cultures and mythologies to genderqueer explorations of self, these books aren’t just about being ace — they’re about embracing all your complexities and contradictions, every facet of what makes you you.
August is well underway, and much of the world is still quarantined. Our usual summer break has given us little time to rest or recharge — vacations were cancelled, beach days were put off, and stress about jobs and health is at an all-time high. But books have the ability to take us away, if only for a moment, and to allow us to step outside ourselves. They have the power to change our perspective and influence our beliefs even while we’re cooped up at home.
These books in my latest roundup explore a wide range of topics, from sisterhood to polyamory and body positivity. But each has two things in common: a focus on asexuality and greater understanding. …
Since COVID-19 emerged as a global threat, it’s been hard for me to focus on anything else. News about symptoms, social distancing, and potential lockdowns have flooded the front pages of every publication. But in times of crisis, I remember how essential the arts are; movies, music, and — of course — books can help us get through anything. And highlighting suppressed or underrepresented voices can help unite us when we feel most distant.
Asexual culture has long challenged mainstream conceptions of intimacy. Certainly, many asexuals still hug, kiss, etc., but asexual culture also celebrates non-physical acts of love, as well as non-sexual and non-romantic love. …
It’s 2020, and what better way to start a new year and a new decade than by adding more ace books to either your bookshelf or a loved one’s. Like with my earlier roundups, these books vary in style and subject matter, from science fiction to philosophy. Whether you’re ace, questioning, or an ally, each book on the list is worth a look.
Here are 3 books about asexuality to help you jumpstart 2020:
1. The Invisible Orientation: An Introduction to Asexuality by Julie Sondra Decker
I first learned about Decker’s book from a professor at my MFA program. She knew I had recently started writing about my own experiences with asexuality and thought Decker’s book might be useful. Months later, I’m grateful she said something, because if I had to suggest a book for sexuality courses, this would be it. …
National Asexual Awareness Week is October 22nd-28th; what better way to celebrate than by reading some more books by asexual authors? We’ve already compiled a list of some great books about asexuality, but there are dozens (hundreds! thousands!) more options to fill your bookshelf. So, if you’re a fan of fables, a lover of intersectional poetry, or a connoisseur of smart, funny YA, we have some recommendations.
Here are three more books by asexual authors to add to your collection:
Representation matters. And for someone asexual, representation is hard to come by. Though asexual characters do exist — like Todd Chavez from Bojack Horseman and Jughead from Archie (only the comics, not the TV series) — they’re few and far between. Many people don’t even know what asexuality means, or they think it’s something made-up. Abnormal.
In reality, asexuality is diverse, valid, and worth celebrating. And literature has started embracing it.
Asexuality is — at its most basic level — the absence, or near absence, of sexual attraction. It doesn’t necessarily mean a lack of aesthetic attraction, and it doesn’t make a person cold, self-absorbed, or boring (or any other stereotype). Some asexuals experience romantic attraction, though others are aromantic and don’t experience it at all. Some asexuals identify as gray asexual or graysexual, meaning they infrequently but sometimes experience sexual attraction. …