Ace Ideas is a relatively new YouTube channel that is in need of some word-of-mouth advertising and recognition. It was started by and features a few members of the Asexuality Visibility and Education Network (AVEN) forums.

Also, for those of you that hadn’t heard or figured it out already, I identify as asexual. If you have any questions about what that means, generally or to me specifically, I’m always willing to talk about it. My Query: box is open to you.

For asexuals, sex is like… a donut. When we see a donut, we do not have the urge to eat the donut. This does not necessarily mean we hate the donut, or think the donut is disgusting— many of us even like donuts. But we never have any urge to walk over there and eat it. Demisexuals will have the urge to eat the donut only if it their absolute favorite kind of donut in the whole world, and greysexuals sometimes will have the urge to get the donut, and sometimes not. Celibates are on diets.

Asexualities: Feminist and Queer Perspectives (Routledge Research in Gender and Society) [Megan Milks, Karli June Cerankowski] on *FREE* super saver shipping on qualifying offers.

What is so radical about not having sex? To answer this question, this collection of essays explores the feminist and queer politics of asexuality. Asexuality is predominantly understood as an orientation describing people who do not experience sexual attraction. In this multidisciplinary volume, the authors expand this definition of asexuality to account for the complexities of gender, race, disability, and medical discourse. Together, these essays challenge the ways in which we imagine gender and sexuality in relation to desire and sexual practice. Asexualities provides a critical reevaluation of even the most radical queer theorizations of sexuality. Going beyond a call for acceptance of asexuality as a legitimate and valid sexual orientation, the authors offer a critical examination of many of the most fundamental ways in which we categorize and index sexualities, desires, bodies, and practices.

As the first book-length collection of critical essays ever produced on the topic of asexuality, this book serves as a foundational text in a growing field of study. It also aims to reshape the directions of feminist and queer studies, and to radically alter popular conceptions of sex and desire. Including units addressing theories of asexual orientation; the politics of asexuality; asexuality in media culture; masculinity and asexuality; health, disability, and medicalization; and asexual literary theory, Asexualitieswill be of interest to scholars and students interested in sexuality, gender, sociology, cultural studies, disability studies, and media culture.

Unfortunately it’ll be over $100, because it’s an academic text.

One of Brown’s biggest goals is to ensure that future generations know that there is more to life than just being straight. “I want to see kids being taught sex ed in a way that is presenting all facts to children so they can grow up and know that there are more sexual orientations out there rather than just heterosexual, that it’s not just, ‘You are straight or you are broken.’ ”



"1. Agdender Does Not Mean Asexual

One of top mistakes I see on a daily basis is the presumption that an agender person must also be asexual.  I mean, they sound a lot alike, right?  That must mean they’re connected!  Wrong.  We’re people with the same complex set of desires and attractions as anyone else, not a Sesame Street letter-association game. “


WASHINGTON — LGBT rights advocates chalked up a win on Wednesday as a Senate committee passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, a bill that would ban workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

It still has to pass the House, but we’re one step closer. 

What is ENDA and why is it important?

Currently, federal law bans employment discrimination based on race, religion, sex, national origin, age and disability, but not on sexual orientation or gender identity. This means that, in the 33 states that don’t explicitly have such a ban right now, people can be fired, denied a promotion or harassed solely for being LGBT.



There’s been a lot of uproar the last couple of days as Tumblr has rolled out new “family-friendly” standards that seemingly block LGBTQ tags from searches. Users have complained that tags like “gay,” “lesbian,” “bisexual” and “transgender” are blocked from some search engines for fear that they’ll turn up NSFW content. 

David Karp has since cleared up some of the confusion — basically, words like “gay” and “lesbian” are blocked by default from some mobile apps because they are frequently attached to porn, but this is only a temporary fix until Tumblr figures out another solution. The tag “LGBTQ” is still searchable in all mobile apps, but as this Autostraddle piece explains, that’s not enough. 

Those of us who are left have been asked to use the moderated “LGBTQ,” which could force those who don’t like or use that label to accept it as the only way their posts will get exposure. It cripples any subset of the acronym, making it that much harder for queer communities to break down the stereotypes that made “lesbian” synonymous with “hardcore girl-on-girl” in the first place.

Seeing as Tumblr is known particularly for its ability to foster strong communities, it seems counterintuitive to disable some of the most important tools for growing those communities. And with all the lip service queers give to Tumblr, one would think we might get some sort of advanced notice that our tags would be taken away. Instead, we’ve been left to ask questions in the aftermath, meaning many tempers have flared and conclusions been jumped to before Tumblr took the time to tell us what was happening. …

"Wouldn’t it be great if Tumblr users could flag their content themselves?" Abeille asks — and that’s precisely the point. Does Tumblr not trust its users, who frequently dedicate themselves to strengthening communities for everything from fandoms to social justice, to apply that same dedication to flagging content? Can we not be counted on to improve the site we value so much? And, most importantly, can we not count on Tumblr to value each of us in return?

This post happens to have been written by another recent j-school grad and one of my favorite people in the world, Kaitlyn Jakola, who will no doubt be bringing us more internet-centric queer commentary as her Autostraddle career takes off. (Follow her here!) Until then, let’s not keep quiet about this Tumblr nonsense. It’s good that they know we’re pissed off.