For this ace awareness week, lets bring some non-English language resources, media coverage and interesting tidbits to your attention! This is a highly selective and by no means balanced overview of some interesting things I found. The selection is restricted by the languages I can access (which is romance and germanic languages). However, the one overarching theme is that all links are ace positive.
Let’s start off in our own backyard. Bilinguals are everywhere in the English-language community. There are also several pieces which show a wider range of nationalities and experiences:
- Asexual Agenda’s international voices series interviewed aces from all over the world.
- the Asexuals Project by Laia Abril has people from several countries speaking about asexuality. (all spoken or subtitled in English)
- The International panel at the Worldpride conference in London (2012) had several aces talking about activism and asexuality in their own countries.
Non-native speakers on their experiences in the English-language community:
a non-native speaker of English in the English language community comes
with its own unique experiences. Discovering asexuality in English and
then switching to your native language to talk about asexuality can be
difficult as Kaz explained in “Muttersprache”. I also talked about this with Rutheress.
- Katie talked about mediating your voice as an American ace in the international community.
- I’ve talked about the need for the English-language community to be explicitly international and make room for international voices.
- @harris-hijiri also talks about the Anglo/Americano-centricity and talks about the need for decentralisation and regional activism (part 1, part 2).
But there is plenty more to discover! Let’s put on our explorer hats and head into the non-English parts of the aceternet!
Spread the love: blogs in other languages:
- Some Spanish-language blogs: on tumblr there’s @asexualidadhispanoamericana. There’s also the blog Mundo Heterogéneo (in Spanish and English) and Avenitas. EDIT: there are plenty more tumblr blogs: @an-ace-girl, @asexualidad-argentina and @lascosasdeserasexual, and the blog Diarios de Asexualidad. If you want to stay on top of all this Spanish-language blogging, see @chrysocollatown‘s network page (more info here). (thanks chrysocollatown for bringing this to my attention!)
- There’re also quite a lot of active German ace blogs. On Tumblr there is @germanaroaces and there are quite a few on wordpress. For a blogroll, see the website of AktivistA, the German asexuality group.
- There’s a Tumblr dedicated to Asexuality 101 in Norwegian: @aseksualitet
- Not an entire blog, but one blog post explaining asexuality in Indonesian, which gets into the basics as well as some of the scientific models for sexual orientations.
Outside looking in: media coverage & research:
- @demigrayspeaks is currently publishing a series on asexuality on a website geared towards South Asians. In celebration of her series, here’s some good media coverage in an Indian publication. (English)
- Academics all over the world are interested in studying asexuality. Elisabete Oliveira, a Brazillian researcher, is not only an active researcher, but also gives tv-interviews and has a blog about asexuality.
- There’s the infamous 1% statistic based on a British census, but there are other statistics on the number of aces as well. A Dutch survey from 1991 (yes you read that right, 1991) found that 1.5% of men and 2.7% of women identify as asexual. (English)
- This year’s English-language community census is open now. And there’s also a Chinese version. But did you know that the Spanish community has done quite a few community surveys as well? Compare their data from 2011, 2012 and 2013. Also the 2015 survey is open now.
- This year, the German group AktivistA held their first conference. Summary here (English here) and hopefully the promised audio will be up soon, too.
- Ace Awareness Week is worldwide. But the French also have a visibility day: Journée de l’Asexualité, on 26 April. There’s a Tumblr dedicated to it, and you can read the 2015 twitter contributions under #monasexualité.
- A short German film about asexuality: Farbenlos? (with English subtitles)
- A French webcomic with ace 101
- A Dutch YMCA adaption about asexuality (The chorus: “Sing it with me: I am AAAAA-SEK-SUEEL”)
- All over the world, aces turn to fiction to look for characters like them, or relationships outside the romantic/platonic norm:
- @aceadmiral once reviewed the Japanese book 週末は家族 by Nozomi Katsura. (English)
- @harris-hijiri posted a video about “Dream of dream-The phenomena as you” by Sitou Ryouko.
- Sara from thenoteswhichdonotfit has written about asexuality, aromanticism and demisexuality in Wuxia. Here’s the first post (on the Condor Trilogy), but be sure to check her Wuxia tag for loads more. (English)
Not exactly the point of this linkspam, but considering the times I’ve seen people being genuinely surprised that communities in their own language exist: For aces searching for communities in their own language:
Your best bet on finding them is to google the word “asexuality” in your own language, or try search terms like “asexual community” or a combination of “asexuality” and “sexual orientation”. If they exist, such a google term will turn up the blogs, Facebook groups or forums. Seriously, google is your best friend. I found a lot of the above links through a simple google search. A second option is to take a look at the Alternate Language Forum on AVEN. There are 15 languages with their own AVEN off-shoots and there are a lot of threads dedicated to other languages as well.