AZE

is creating a platform for asexual, aromantic, and agender writers/artists

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AZE
(azejournal.com), previously known as The Asexual (theasexual.com) journal, is an independent platform publishing essays, poetry, artwork, and other creative content by people who identify as asexual, aromantic, and agender. The platform was created by Michael Paramo (azejournal.com/mxparamo) in October 2016 as The Asexual journal and released its first issue in Spring 2017. Since its inception, the journal has been managed by Michael, who also runs the journal's social media presence, where they regularly share excerpts from poetry, writing, and artwork published by AZE as well as create discussion threads on various subjects and intersections relevant to the journal's audience. The journal has reached over fifteen thousand followers on Twitter.

In 2017, the journal was featured in an interview with Anomalous Press entitled "‘Centering Ace Perspectives and Narratives’: An Interview with Michael Paramo" as well as an interview with Cake for Youth Ki Awaaz entitled "Why I Began A Magazine For Asexual People To Express Themselves." In 2018, it was listed as one of "10 Indie Publications Redefining Print Media" for Post Culture. In 2019, the journal was cited in an academic study on "Identity construction in asexual women of color" for the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity journal (https://doi.org/10.1037/sgd0000310). The journal was discussed in a live interview with Michael on Sex Out Loud with Tristan Taormino for their episode on asexuality, aromanticism, and agender identity on October 11th, 2019.

AZE has published work from faculty at the University of Toledo, Ohio and Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan and past/present students at the Agricultural University of Athens, Bath Spa University, Colby College, Obafemi Awolowo University, Old Dominion University, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Simmons University, Stockholm University, The New School, University of California, Los Angeles, University of Central Florida, University of Southern California, University of Salford, University of Sussex, University of Toledo, among others. AZE is managed independently. You can support the journal through Patreon. AZE is followed by Lamda Literary, the leading LGBT literary organization in the nation, and supported by AVEN (The Asexual Visibility and Education Network).

Journal Issues

Vol. 3, Issue 4: Redefining Relationships (Upcoming)
Vol. 3, Issue 3: Aromanticism
Vol. 3, Issue 2: BDSM / Kink

Vol. 3, Issue 1: Discovering Identity
Vol. 2, Issue 4: Thinking Attraction
A(gender): An Anthology - Special Issue
Vol. 2, Issue 3: Asexuality and Pride
Vol. 2, Issue 2: Asexuality and Representation
Vol. 2, Issue 1: Asexuality and Sex
Vol. 1, Issue 4: Asexuality and Race
Vol. 1, Issue 3: Asexuality and Body
Vol. 1, Issue 2
Vol. 1, Issue 1


Statement
AZE operates from the perspective that cisheteropatriarchy, along with white supremacy, capitalism, and ableism, are elements of the Western paradigm which have been disseminated throughout the world through colonial violence as cultural imports of non-Indigenous European settlers and colonizers. Through colonization, Western constructs of race, gender, and sexuality became socially understood as “natural” throughout much of the global population; racist, transphobic, homophobic / queerphobic, misogynistic, sexological (hetero[sexual] desire as “natural”), amatonormative (romantic love and coupling as “natural”), ableist, and capitalist ideologies function together and are empowered as “truths” through colonial violence, subjugation, and control over the narrative. Because Western society holds the institutional power to condition these ideologies into many of us, even by a very young age, as a byproduct, and especially for those of us who are not privileged, we may often feel inferior, worthless, depressed, anxious, ugly, powerless, and “broken.” Putting asexuality in perspective means recognizing its placement as a component within this larger context. It is our responsibility to empower Indigenous ways of knowing in order to work to unravel the Western paradigm and decolonize our thought processes so that healing of the personal, communal, and global can expand throughout the world. More on Indigenous Ways of Knowing.

Selected Work

Ace Pride Shawl by Katie Frey
In the summer of 2016 I attended my first Pride event. It was shortly after discovering the concept of asexuality and I was desperate to find others like me, people to connect with. I found them when I saw the local asexual community marching in the Pride Parade. Soon afterwards, I started meeting with them regularly; being able to talk with them about their experiences and sharing my own has been both fantastic and validating.

The Tightrope by Anna Goshua
Much of my childhood and adolescence was a project in molding myself according to the whims of heterosexual men. Virtually all aspects of a girl’s socialization involve learning to navigate the precarious balance between restraint and excess. For instance, we must dress and style ourselves in a manner that is attractive to men but does not imply that we are looking for the attention. We should demonstrate intellect but not to the extent that it might be intimidating. Somewhere amidst the double standards and swift condemnation, womxn are expected to carve out a space for ourselves and settle into a way of living that is composed, graceful, and unlikely to offend.


When I Found My Asexual Heart by Kat Terban
That wasn’t what I

was thinking at all.
I just wanted to pass
beneath your hot gaze,
pass beyond the glass
door to my desire:
a venti vessel filled
with iced chai.


Siren Seeking Sailor by Anna
You may hear that us sirens eat the bodies of the shipwrecked. Many do. I've simply never found it appealing. The way which men appear hard and angular seems too bony, and the way women have soft curves seems too chewy. Nothing luscious to sink teeth into. Nothing which tastes of home. I gather their forms, limp and waterlogged, and bury them in the chalky cliffs.

Why do I ask if I'm gray-ace when I know I'm gray ace
by Jason Gurevitch

It’s not that I’m against sex, or that I don’t even enjoy it
But it always feels like there’s something I’m missing
Something that is supposed to be there
Something that they’re understanding that I’m not
As we’re lying there sprawled out
And they think I should know what I’m doing
Or even that I should know what I want


Gravitational Pull by Daniela Illing
To me, physical attraction is the need to grow closer to somebody, basking in their warmth. Finding a common center like two astronomical bodies revolving around each other. It’s not sexual and goes beyond aesthetics but is nevertheless physical.


Pronouns are for Other People by Heidi Samuelson
I’m a statistical anomaly. An agender, aromantic, asexual person who resents being a biological entity and resents being in a society that won’t recognize any of these things about me anyway.
Getting accurate pronouns in a language that doesn’t think I exist isn’t a battle I can fight. Because getting my pronouns accurate doesn’t matter to anyone except maybe the friend who asked me the question in the first place.
To everyone else I’m “she.”


To Be The One You Love by medina
This would happen a half a dozen times with women I wanted to be with. It would keep happening because I didn’t have the language to describe what I felt. It would happen because once I found the word asexual, no one would believe me. The way I experience love is meaningful, whole and enough. But maybe this is what they mean when they say sometimes love isn’t enough.


Asexuality and "Transsexual, Transylvania" by Genevieve Hammang
I love porn and romance, but I’ve never been turned on by another person. I’ve had crushes, but I’ve never wanted to sleep with any of them. And I love, love, love performing sexuality — but for me, that’s all it is. It’s play. It’s a performance. I’ll always crack dirty jokes, get butterflies in my stomach over a touching or a steamy passage in a book, and channel Mae West when I go to karaoke. But that’s all I’m interested in. For me, being asexual doesn’t mean being uninterested in sex. It just means my libido is a little less active than my taste for drama.


Thinking Attraction by Ruth
I think my life would be better without the concept of ‘attraction’ constantly invading my thoughts. I overthink it, I see it everywhere. I can’t escape from it. I don’t need this word. My love is simple and based on a person’s personality rather than some mysterious force that can turn on and off for no obvious reason. Dividing my loved ones into people I “love” and people I am “attracted to” doesn’t work for me.
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