Key Conversations: Aces & Attitudes About Sex

This is a compilation of links to online conversations about aces and attitudes toward sex, demonstrating intracommunity tensions about how asexuality is defined and how best to talk about the diversity of the community. More than once have I referred back to these conversations as a basis of comparison, so I’ve decided to create this as reference post on how these conversations have unfolded before.

[Crossposted to Pillowfort. Preview image created with The Keys To It All by Alan Levine, Public Domain.]

I’ve organized these links in (mostly) chronological order, to foster the sense of a responsive chain of events, but please bear in mind that this compilation does not and cannot contain everything. I’ve chosen to selectively focus on blogposts, for instance, and the majority of the posts here are from the year 2014. For pre-2010 conflicts, I would recommend looking to A Condensed History of Asexuals Arguing with Asexuals Over What Asexuality Is. Suggestions are welcome in the comments.

Note: inclusion on this list is not an endorsement of the views enclosed. If you would like to steer clear of the more volatile posts, I would recommend reading only the ones hosted on WordPress, but for the purpose of this post I have refrained from writing detailed annotations.




If any part of this compilation inspires spin-off thoughts about similar dynamics on a different topic, great! I would recommend making your own post and linking to this one as the inspiration, then leaving a comment here as a pingback.

As I said at the beginning, this compilation does not and cannot cover everything, but I hope these links can be helpful for illustrating some of these tensions and how things have played out before.

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