Friday, November 26, 2010

New chapter--How much sex is healthy? The pleasures of asexuality

Kim, EJ. (2010). How much sex is healthy? The pleasures of asexuality. in J. M. Metzl and A. Kirkland (eds). Against Health: How Health Became the New Morality. New York: New York University Press. pp. 157-169

The book that this chapter appears in was just recently published, and this chapter addresses issues pertaining to asexuality and disability. Parts of the book can be found in google books. For those unable to get a print version, it should be possible to obtain a copy by emailing the author.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Conference paper--(A)Sexuality: Challenging What it Means to be Sexual

This one isn't actually new, but I only recently became aware of it:

Bedley, C. , 2009-08-08. (A)Sexuality: Challenging What it Means to be Sexual. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Hilton San Francisco, San Francisco, CA Online

Very little scholarly attention has been directed towards the study of asexuality, and what attention has been given has conceptualized asexuality in direct opposition to sexuality. I argue that rather than conceiving of asexuality as outside the realm of sexuality, scholars interested in asexuality should instead reframe explorations of asexuality within the realm of sexuality. By doing so, it becomes imperative to take into consideration the complex ways in which the dimensions of intimacy, romance and emotional connectedness shape and are shaped by the desires, behaviors and identities of (a)sexual beings. Relying
primarily on discursive analysis of an online asexual community, this is a first attempt at showing how self-identified asexual persons construct asexual identities with an emphasis on the intimacy, romance and emotional connection asexual partners share


I've contacted the author about the paper, and I was told that it was okay to add it to my bibliography, but that I should remind readers that this is a conference paper and it is in a fairly rough form.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Updating the AVENwiki

AS many of you know, I was elected to be part of AVEN's Project Team (PM) a few months ago. Since joining, one of the projects that I am particularly wanting to get going is a major overhaul of the AVENwiki. It was started several years ago with considerable ambition--and with hopes that it would be regularly updated. It does have a fair amount of useful static content, but the ambitions for it to be updated regularly haven't been lived up to.

As a result, there are a lot of pointless pages, there is a lot of out-dated content, and there is a lot of new material to be written about. Oven on AVEN, the PT started a thread Updating the wiki to get discussion going about what people would like to see for the wiki. We had some really valuable feedback, and based on that, I summarized what I saw to be the main points people had raised.

Since having these discussions, some AVENites have starting making some serious changes to the wiki, and it looks a whole lot better. (Just check out the new design for the first page you see when clicking on it.)

I encourage people to go check out the changes that have been made, and if there are any articles that you think it needs, feel free to write an article on that subject. Or if you don't feel up to it (or might feel better collaborating with someone), then go post on the thread in AVEN that you would like to see someone write an article on that subject. This is going to be a big project, but I am excited about it, and there have already been some encouraging results.

AVEN Wiki

Friday, November 5, 2010

Book Chapter--Asexuality: Dysfunction or Variation?

Bogaert, A. F. (2008). Asexuality: Dysfunction or variation. in J. M Caroll & M. K. Alena (eds). Psychological Sexual Dysfunctions. New York: Nova Biomedical Books. pp. 9-13.

Abstract: Bogaert (2006) discussed whether asexuality, defined as a lack of sexual attraction, should be viewed as a dysfunction. He concluded that asexuality should not necessarily be viewed as a dysfunction. Here I review and expand on these arguments, including on the possible overlap with existing sexual dysfunctions (e.g., Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder.) I also review existing research that bears on this question. For example, recent research (Bogaert, 2004, 2007) has suggested that physical health problems are not likely to be elevated in asexual people. Finally, I discuss what it might mean to have no sexual attraction to others, and whether some people who lack sexual attraction (but who still have sexual desire, e.g., masturbate) may have a paraphilia.

(Comment: This one isn't actually new, but I just became aware of it. Also, the Bogaert 2007 citation refers to something that, in the references is called a "Manuscript submitted for publication.")