Hi everyone. This month, I’m hosting the Carnival of Aces, a monthly blogging event where people write on a topic related to asexuality. There’s no last month’s Carnival to link to, but the December call for submissions (which, unfortunately, went unanswered) was about “Allies”. If you want more information about the Carnival, you can check out the masterpost.
This month’s topic is “Comparing Ace Spaces”. There are all kinds of spaces where aces have connected with each other: on message boards, through academic discourse, at in-person meet-ups. How do they compare?
Here are some prompts to get you thinking:
- What differences are there between online ace communities and in-person ones? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each?
- The asexual community originally coalesced through online groups like AVEN and the Haven for the Human Amoeba. What was it like being part of these groups in the early days? How did they shape the way we talk about asexuality today?
- The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we interact with one another, keeping a lot of us away from in-person interactions and forcing us to connect in other ways. How has this shift affected your experience of the ace community? How do you think it has affected or will affect the community itself?
- There are many online platforms that asexuals use to connect. What are your experiences with AVEN, WordPress, Tumblr, Facebook, YouTube, etc.? What do you think are their relative merits?
- Do you feel more comfortable in some ace spaces than others? What factors make some spaces feel more welcoming and others more alienating?
- Is accessibility a factor in which spaces you participate in? What kind of spaces do you find more or less accessible?
- To what extent do different ace spaces have their own culture, language, etc.? Can we really talk about an asexual community, or are there in fact multiple communities, each with their own subtly different take on aceness?
To participate, write a blog post, upload a video, or create some other form of online content. Then send me the link, either by submitting a comment through the “Contact” page, or by commenting on this post. If you don’t have a platform of your own, I can host guest posts. Just send me the text and I will publish it as long as it’s not offensive. I will post the links to all submissions at the beginning of March.