Thanks to everyone who participated in the September Carnival of Aces. This month’s theme was “Asexuality Before AVEN”. Here is the round-up of submissions:
- Danielle shared some thoughts about how the sexual attitudes of the 20th century affected asexuals – including someone in their family.
- They also wrote a follow-up post called “2nd Wave Feminism and Asexuality”, which discusses the feminist sex wars and examines the possible effects Second-Wave Feminism may have had on asexuality.
- I speculated about how having an asexual discourse in the ’90s would have changed X-Files fandom discussions in “Mulder, Scully, and the Original Shipping Wars: A Tiny Piece of Ace History”.
- demiandproud got poetic with “Ace History in Haiku”.
- Perfect Number wrote about growing up in Christian purity culture, and how not knowing about asexuality prevented her from understanding her own desires (or non-desires) in “I Still Don’t Know What They Meant By ‘Lust'”.
Finally, because the round-up is a little short this month, I want to re-share an article Siggy linked recently over at The Asexual Agenda. “Independence from the Sexual Revolution” by Dana Densmore was published in 1973. Despite being written years before the creation of AVEN, the article offers a powerful criticism of erotonormativity and the way it oppresses women in particular. Some of its content feels a bit dated, but a lot of it is still very relevant. If you haven’t read it yet, please do!