Monday, August 29, 2011

Asexual Awareness Week 2011 to include screenings of “(A)sexual” documentary

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Asexual Awareness Week 2011 to include screenings of “(A)sexual” documentary

August 29, 2011 – Asexual Awareness Week is excited to announce that part of this year’s events will include several screenings of the new documentary “(A)sexual”. The film will be shown in cities around the United States in the month of October. Organizers who would like to bring the film to their city should contact for more information.

A fundraising campaign to pay for the copies of the film, as well as an online advertising campaign, will be announced later this week. The fundraising goal is $1,000. “I know the asexual community can raise this money to secure these screenings of (A)sexual and the online advertising campaign,” said Sara Beth Brooks, who is helping organize the screenings. “Angela Tucker and Arts Engine are great allies. We are working together to make sure that this film is used as a resource to promote awareness of the asexual community in as many cities as possible.”

Cities that have already confirmed screenings include Las Vegas, NV, and Bloomington, IN. More cities will be announced as they are added.

Other projects that will be happening during this year’s Asexual Awareness Week include a demographic survey called the “Asexy Census,” a series of guest blogs, a small online advertising campaign, and a website. The committee has also drafted open letters to academic researchers and the LGBT community which will come into circulation soon. The website is expected to launch within the next week and will be at

Asexual Awareness Week is an international grassroots project to promote awareness about the asexual community across the globe.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Three new articles on asexuality

The most recent issues of the journal Sexualities has three articles on asexuality.

Przybylo, E. (2011) Crisis and safety: The asexual in sexusociety. Sexualities, 14, 444-461.

Abstract: This article provides a discussion of the implications that asexuality, as an identity category emerging in the West, carries for sexuality. Asexuality provides an exciting forum for revisiting questions of sexual normativity and examining those sex acts which are cemented to appear ‘natural’ through repetition, in the discursive system of sexusociety. Drawing especially on feminist and postmodern theories, I situate asexuality as both a product of and reaction against our sexusocial, disoriented postmodern here and now. This article also addresses the question of whether or not, and on what terms, asexuality may be considered a resistance against sexusociety.

Carrigan, M. (2011)There’s more to life than sex? Difference and commonality within the asexual community. Sexualities, 14, 462-478.

Abstract: Asexuality is becoming ever more widely known and yet it has received relatively little attention from within sociology. Research in the area poses particular challenges because of the relatively recent emergence of the asexual community, as well as the expanding array of terms and concepts through which asexuals articulate their differences and affirm their commonalities. This article presents the initial findings of a mixed-methods research project, which involved semi-structured interviews, online questionnaires and a thematic analysis of online materials produced by members of the asexual community. The aim was to understand self-identified asexuals in their own terms so as to gain understanding of the lived experience of asexuals, as well as offering a subjectively adequate grounding for future research in the area.

Kim, E-J. (2011). Asexuality in disability narratives, Sexualities, 14, 479-493.

Abstract: This essay explores normative regulations of disabled people’s sexuality and its relationship with asexuality through narratives of disabled individuals. While asexuality has been persistently criticized as a damaging myth imposed on disabled people, individuals with disabilities who do not identify as sexual highlight the inseparable intersection between normality and sexuality. Disabled and asexual identity and its narratives reveal that asexuality is an embodiment neither to be eliminated, nor to be cured, and is a way of living that may or may not change. Claims for the sexual rights of desexualized minority groups mistakenly target asexuality and endorse a universal and persistent presence of sexual desire. The structurally and socially enforced asexuality and desexualization are distinguished from an asexual embodiment and perspective disidentifying oneself from sexuality.