[W]e live in a sexually liberal society, not a liberated one. A truly liberated society is one where sex is value-neutral and not having sex is just as acceptable as having a lot of it.
The fact that asexuals are considered weird, sick, abnormal, mentally ill, repressed, etc is a bold indicator that we are not living in a sexually liberated society but in a liberalized one.
I did my first to-be-nationally-televised interview yesterday, which will air sometime later this fall. That’s me in the studio looking all ace-rific after the interview was over (note: my wardrobe matches the flag). Between the news interview and the Huffington Post coverage that basically quotes our mission statement, and all the outpouring on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr this week, from the likes of The Trevor Project and GLSEN, I am feeling pretty overwhelmed with gratitude.
There are a lot of people who make Asexual Awareness Week run behind the scenes, who don’t often get much credit. The interns, our web crew, and our Board are often times behind the scenes. But without them, this campaign would fall apart.
- Thank you to the AAW fall interns: Laura, Stormy, Kristen, Divya, and Joy, who area all working exceptionally hard to help this campaign run.
- Thank you to Jarred makes our website run, and David who hosts it.
- Thank you to our board members: M., Krys Jara, Hannah, Kate, and Regina, who are helping to process our non profit paperwork and move us forward into the future.
This type of event does not exist without a huge amount of community support behind it. There wasn’t an official 2012 event because of personal reasons in my own life, but the insistence on recognizing it anyway is part of what drew me back to organizing it again.
- Thank you to everyone who is posting about Asexual Awareness Week, who is talking about it on their high school or college campus, who planned a meeting or a panel or a screening or a training. If you participated this year: thank you.
- Thank you to our allies at HuffPo and ABC who made national media happen, and to the New England Aces who got great local media (and anyone else who got local media, I just haven’t seen it yet, please forward it to me!)
- Thank you to the people who put together this video which we had nothing to do with, but which made big waves both on Facebook and by inspiring the HuffPo article. Thank you to the creator of Tiny Dinosaur who put together an amazing viral presentation describing asexuality that we knew nothing about and enjoyed immensely. Thank you to these folks for making new teeshirts, and this amazing human for working on new posters and for the dozens of other people who I have seen create art, build community, and educate this week. This campaign doesn’t exist without all of you. That’s really important, so I’m gonna say it again: this campaign does not exist without all of you.
We are an all-volunteer campaign that had about $3,500 in donations last calendar year. A lot of people think that we’re involved with AVEN, but most of our interns and board are inactive or rarely active on AVEN (myself included). I’ve never held an admin or mod position at AVEN, and I decline every time they ask me to run. Asexual Awareness Week is a separate organization focusing on this specific education work on a global scale. I’m a full time student and all of our interns and board members have other lives that pay their bills. If you love what we do, we do have a contribute page.
Whether you can contribute or not, you can start planning now. Talk to your campus about hosting an AAW next fall, ask your QSA to host a conversation on asexuality, encourage them to host asexuality resources online. Create a pamphlet, design some art, or apply for one of our spring internships (details soon!). It’s never too early to plan for next year, aces. :)
Great job everyone, thanks for the hard work to make this happen.