Here are some of my thoughts so far:
- We have consistently seen some of the same problems repeated in “introduction to asexuality” material. In contexts where unsafe, exclusive, and damaging material keeps getting spread around, it’s not enough to say “go make your own”.
- As Sciatrix pointed out, most of the people making these significantly flawed materials appear to people who never engage much/at all with community discussions above the 101 level.
- One way to remedy this might be to spread 301 discussion in a more accessible way.
- It’s hard to follow a full discussion on tumblr unless you’re following the participants, and since much of the asexual community is adhering to tumblr as its center, I think Agenda-style linkspams of recent kerfluffles and debates posted to tumblr’s asexuality tag could be an idea worth considering. This would come with its own challenges, however.
- It could also be worthwhile to put together some resources on How to Not to Hose Up Your 101 Powerpoint 101, which is what I’m thinking of doing.
- This could cover a lot of topics, but while we’re on the subject lately, I’d be interested in starting with the topics of sexual activity and sex-repulsion among aces.
- To do that, I’d need some
community-wide/WordPress-reader-wide input on what you, as a (fill in the blank) ace, would like to see included or acknowledged in basic 101 material, what you want to see avoided, common mistakes, commonly forgotten or elided facts, etc. I will moderate comments with a more heavy hand than usual if I need to.
- What I’m intending to do, specifically, is to write up a post that synthesizes some of these considerations with some bullet points and background information on where common complaints are coming from, creating a link could easily be submitted to someone if they mess up, and replacing some of the effort of someone having to launch into a full-blown explanation each and every time.
- Obviously, this guide would have to be carefully reviewed and vetted first, which is why I’m writing this post and calling for comments before getting bold enough to draft the thing.
- Here are some perspectives that I already have bookmarked and intend to make reference to.
- Link me to more if you like. Keep in mind, though:
- The purposes of this is to make some kind of reference material that’s easier for clueless newbs to digest than telling them to follow more people and pay attention (which would be good thing for them to do, but they’re clearly not doing it anyway).
- So, points and posts that are short and concise are appreciated, to the extent that that’s possible here. I’m going to try and gear this toward a skimming type of audience.
- It may turn out that what I want to do here is not exactly possible, but I want to try.
- Worst case scenario, I’ll learn a lot about making 101 material and can return all the way back to bullet point #1 up there and make a Comic Sans asexuality powerpoint of my own.