Author Archives: Coyote

Gray-Ace & Gray-Aro Survey: Results

Thank you to everyone who participated in or helped to spread the Gray-Ace & Gray-Aro Survey. This survey was released on July 28, 2022 and ran through September 15th, with the link shared on WordPress, Pillowfort, Tumblr, Twitter, AVEN, Arocalypse, Dreamwidth, Reddit, and various Discord servers.

The survey collected 1,404 responses in total.

Crossposted to Pillowfort. Preview image: Shadows & Fog by Adam Baker, licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0.

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Top 6 Mistakes in the Academic Field of Asexuality Studies

Through my participation in Ace Journal Club, I’ve gotten to read my fair share of publications in asexuality studies, a field which has grown tremendously over the past decade. I haven’t read everything, but I’ve seen enough to say this: the field needs to be alerted to certain mistakes. In this post I’ve compiled a list of basic problems I consider important to flag and look out for, covering some old recurring mistakes as well as cases where there’s still time to nip them in the bud. So whether or not you’re a researcher yourself, here’s how to spot these issues going forward.

Crossposted to Pillowfort. Preview image: Magnified by Jake Bouma, licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

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Under the (Micro)scope

If labels are tools, then what can be done with the label of “microlabel” itself? Not enough to justify it, I’d say — but allow me to explain.

In this post, we’re putting “microlabel” (the term) itself under the microscope, starting with certain “definitions,” then summarizing what background I could unearth about the term’s emergence, followed by some notes on its use in surveys and my own reflections on what this term has been used to do.

Crossposted to Pillowfort. Written for the Carnival of Aces and the Gender Exploration Carnival. Preview image: Science Microscope by Daniel Foster, licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

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Gray-Ace & Gray-Aro Survey

This survey is about gray-asexuality and grayromanticism. Anyone is invited to take it, regardless of identity. The purpose of this survey is to investigate perspectives on these identities and how they are understood.

Click here to take the survey. It will remain open until September 15th.

Questions about the survey can be asked in the comments below (no account required) or via this contact form.

If you can, please spread this survey and help collect more responses. So far, it has been shared to Pillowfort, Tumblr, Twitter, AVEN, Arocalypse, Dreamwidth, and Reddit.

Preview image: Shadows & Fog by Adam Baker, licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0.

Edit: the results have now been published.


Comparing Additive & Subtractive Constructions of Attraction

This is a metadiscursive post — a post talking about ways that people talk about “attraction” as a construct, either expanding it or shrinking it in various ways. Below the cut, I examine additive approaches in ace discourse and subtractive approaches in lesbian discourse, each used as different means toward a similar end.

Crossposted to Pillowfort. Preview image: Scissors by James Bowe, licensed under CC BY 2.0.

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Problems in the Promotion of Romantic Orientation

While romantic orientation isn’t inherently bad, there have been some recurring problems with how people promote the idea, as demonstrated in the article picked this month for Ace Journal Club. So in the hopes of showing people how to spot these issues, this post pulls some quotes from that article and explains their implications, illustrating the tensions between introducing/endorsing romantic orientation as a conceptual tool (favored by those who use it) vs. leaving space for those of us who find it personally unhelpful.

Crossposted to Pillowfort. Preview image: Stoplight Silhouette, NYC by Bruce Thomson, licensed under CC BY 2.0.

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A Case of Romantic Binarism in Scholarship

This month, the Ace Journal Club read an article in Archives of Sexual Behavior called “Sexuality, Sexual Behavior, and Relationships of Asexual Individuals: Differences Between Aromantic and Romantic Orientation” (2022). There are a lot of things to take issue with about this piece, and you can read the AJC summary for an overview, but in this post, I’m just going to focus on the binary treatment of romance.

[Crossposted to Pillowfort. Preview image created in Inkscape.]

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Quoi Identity Survey: Results

Thank you to everyone who participated in or helped to spread the Quoi Identity Survey. This survey was released on March 6th, 2022 and ran through April 7th. It collected 428 responses in total.

[Crossposted to Pillowfort.]

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A Timeline of Anti-Ace Blogging

A compilation examples of, responses to, and discussion about anti-ace blogging and its surrounding context, extending back to the year 2010.

To be clear, this is not a comprehensive masterpost of every anti-ace thing on the internet; this is an attempt to document anti-ace blogging as a specific cultural phenomenon, particularly in its language and its impact on online ace communities. To that end, I have included links which are not anti-ace themselves but are contextually relevant in some way. Things I am interested in here include 1) how anti-ace bloggers have been referred to, 2) how the conversation has been referred to, 3) other recurring terms and phrases, and 4) how the conversation has been remembered. Contributions are welcome to the extent that they contribute to any of those areas.

Be advised, I do not recommend actually trying to read through all these. Instead, I suggest you skip down to the Retrospectives and Discussion sections.

[Crossposted to Pillowfort. Preview Image: Ace of Spades by Adam DeClercq, licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.]

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Quoi Identity Survey

Now announcing the launch of the Quoi Identity Survey.

The purpose of this survey is to investigate the identities, demographics, and community involvement of those who affiliate with the quoiromantic, quoisexual, or quoigender umbrellas. Quoiromanticism is a concept that originated from a disidentification with romantic orientation, due to the specific intracommunity norms of the asexual community. The same principle has since been applied to gender and sexuality. However, you do not need to identify with a specific term in order to participate in this survey. If you are unsure whether you are part of the intended demographic, you are invited to err on the side of yes.

Click here to take the survey. It will remain open until April 7th.

If you can, you are invited to spread the survey link and help collect more responses. Questions can be asked in the comments below (no account required) or via this contact form.

In addition to WordPress, the survey has been shared on Pillowfort, Twitter, Tumblr (here, here, and here), Arocalypse, AVEN, and Reddit (on r/quoiromantic, r/quoisexual, r/quoigender, r/aromantic, and r/voidpunk).

Edit: the results have now been published.