The Asexual is creating a website and quarterly journal for ace writers and artists.
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The Asexual Journal Issues:

The Asexual Vol. 2, Issue 2 (On Asexuality and Representation)
The Asexual Vol. 2, Issue 1 (On Asexuality and Sex)

The Asexual: Vol. 1, Issue 4 (On Asexuality and Race)
The Asexual: Vol. 1, Issue 3 (On Asexuality and Body)
The Asexual: Vol. 1, Issue 2
The Asexual: Vol. 1, Issue 1

Non-Corporate and Independently Managed 


The Asexual is a quarterly journal, website, and social media platform that was founded in October 2016 by Michael Paramo and released its first journal issue in April 2017. The Asexual would not be possible without your donations via Patreon. The Asexual is not funded or supported by any corporation and is a completely independent platform. As a result, your support makes a huge difference in keeping the journal, website, and social media up and running. Donations help pay website costs, offer payment to contributors, produce the online and physical journal issues, help fund new projects, support hundreds of hours of unpaid labor in the form of managing journal edits, layout, organization, daily social media posts and threads on Twitter, and publishing original articles and content on The Asexual website. All of this activity is managed entirely by one person, who is currently also a full-time graduate student. If you're unsure whether to donate, please know that it does make a huge difference. Thank you for your support.

Who We've Published: 

The Asexual asserts the importance of a global perspective and has published ace-identifying academics, professionals, activists, writers, and artists from Australia, Hungary, India, Mexico, Pakistan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The Asexual has also published the work of medical professionals in the field of sexual health, activist media directors and producers, PhD candidates and recipients, and a Professor of Public Health. This includes past or current students from the following universities, among others:

  • University of Southern California
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • Stanford University
  • University of Sussex
  • University of Salford
  • Bath Spa University
  • The New School
  • University of Toledo
  • Washington State University

What We've Published: 

The Asexual journal has published the work of writers and artists under the ace umbrella both in the quarterly journal and as standalone articles on theasexual.com. Included below are several articles that exemplify the range of who and what we've published recently:

Everyone's Dressed Like You: How Seeing Yourself On TV Can Change Your Life
Article by RoAnna Sylver
“You never knew how important it was to see yourself reflected on a TV screen. You've never felt so heard, seen, validated, and loved. You weren't imagining your pain; it's real to others too.“

Asexual Community Participation: How Often? Why? Why not?
Essay by Brian Fink, PhD, a Professor of Public Health and an epidemiologist at the University of Toledo in Ohio. He is interested in combining his research skills with his asexual orientation to learn more how asexuals can have happier and healthier lives.

Asexuality and Me
Article by Danyi
"On the internet, many of the asexuals I’ve come across have been white. And while I appreciate that they are out there, it’s hard to relate to them. A white asexual person will never understand my struggle as a black asexual person."

Beyond Sex: The Multi-Layered Model of Attraction
Essay by Michael Paramo, recognized by editors at major publishing platform Medium.
"Attraction should not merely be classified as a sexual endeavor, a singular or universal mode of experiencing desire, love, or yearning passion towards another human being(s). Attraction is complex."

Spectrum
Art by Elyse Jones
"I created this piece to challenge the notion that all asexual people don’t have sex and/or have no relationship with sex."

"Meaningless Sex"
Essay by Heidi Samuelson, a writer based in Chicago and a former academic philosopher, earning her PhD in 2012. She wishes she knew what asexuality and aromanticism were when she was in her teens and early 20s.

Summer Camp
Performance Poetry by S.J. Waring
"And I am too old for summer camp but if I went back / I would tell them that I know what lips feel like / I know what sharing a bed feels like / I know what eye contact in the darkness feels like / And I don’t need to know much more than that." 

Indian Aces: Awareness and Activism in India
Interview with medical professional Dr. Pragati Singh on the changing landscape of asexuality and ace awareness in India.

The Asexual Editorial Board:

The editorial board of The Asexual journal was formed in early 2018 following the first four issues of Volume 1, which had been produced, edited, and designed by Michael Paramo. Since Volume 2, Issue 1, The Asexual has received editing contributions from the following board, including PhD candidates, graduate students, and amazing ace writers/artists: 


Ai Baba is an aroace agender PhD candidate studying race, gender, and a/sexuality in modern Japanese history. Besides working on her dissertation, Ai is currently volunteering with the Asexual Census Survey Team, and also founded "ace to ace" (http://ace2ace121.wordpress.com ) to connect aces in Japan. Twitter: @not_alibaba.


Geoffrey Colaizzi is an androromantic demisexual agender person located in northern Virginia. They are an undergraduate student at George Mason University, and has presented their research on asexual relationality at the National Women's Studies Association in 2015 and 2017. While going to school part-time, they also work as a full-time HR intern and a part-time HR assistant. Over the past six years, Geoffrey has also been an activist in their spare time working to expand ace/aro awareness and inclusivity in local queer communities and spaces. Twitter: @inqueertime.


Evelyn Elgie is a queer ace poet, artist, and academic. Her work deals with mental illness, asexuality, deconstruction and landscape, and in particular a radical re-imagining of our cultural understanding of sex and romance. She holds a BA in Contemporary Studies and Creative Writing from the University of King’s College, and her poetry has appeared in Open Heart Forgery, Glass Mountain, and Hinge: Journal of the Contemporary. She is about to begin her master’s degree at the Social Justice Institute at the University of British Columbia.


Katie Halinski is a non-binary grey-asexual from London. They are currently doing a PhD in Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic at the University of Cambridge, where they are researching human-bird interactions and bird symbolism in Old Norse culture. In their spare time, they enjoy playing bass guitar and watching films (the stranger the better). They can be found on Twitter as @Liminalitea, where they mostly post about kaiju, cats, the stranger parts of medieval culture, and mental health.


Emma Hutson is currently completing a PhD on trans literature at Sheffield Hallam University. She has work published in C Word: An anthology of writing from Cardiff, Severine Literary and Art Journal, CrabFat Magazine, the Harpoon Review and The Asexual Journal. Her short story ‘Footsteps’ came second place in Sheffield Authors’ Off The Shelf short story competition. She is available on Twitter @Emma_S_Hutson.

Joe Jukes is currently studying for an MA in Sexual Dissidence at the University of Sussex, UK. Their primary research interests concern theory, including Queer- and Gender Theory, Critical Theory as well as Cultural Geography and Rural Studies. They have published in The Asexual before, in the Body Issue, and are hoping to pursue a PhD working towards the creation of “Asexual Theory.” Their Twitter can be found here: https://twitter.com/JoeeJayyy.


sydney khoo is a non-binary and queer writer, born in new south wales, australia to malaysian-chinese parents. though typically located crying in starbucks or tweeting in mcdonalds, they can occasionally be found posting creative essays and short stories online. follow them on twitter @sydneykerosene.


Ashley O’Mara is a freelance writer, former Jeopardy! contestant, and PhD candidate at Syracuse University, where they are writing a dissertation about celibacy and asexuality in literature after the English Reformation. Their work on sexuality, religion, and politics has appeared in America and Metathesis. They identify as ace, enby, and some kind of andro- or biromantic. They have strong opinions about hummus. Follow them online at ashleyomara.com and @ashleymomara.

About The Asexual:

The Asexual seeks to elevate discourse, primarily regarding (a)sexuality, gender, and attraction, by providing a space for ace people to publish their work. Part of this includes advancing asexuality discourse beyond awareness and into understudied realms, such as theorizing attraction, queer desires, (a)sexuality, (a)romantic, and (a)gender identities, the body, transnational (a)sexualities, and race, ethnicity, culture and (a)sexuality. To address this objective, The Asexual is producing quarterly journal issues addressing subjects that require more recognition, both within and external to the ace community, original articles and social media discussion challenging preconceived understandings of (a)sexuality, gender, and attraction, and intends to produce original anthologies in the future.

The Asexual represents independently-managed media to its fullest extent, directed entirely by one person. If you would like to support them through their work with The Asexual journal and website or if you simply appreciate The Asexual's existence, you can donate via our Patreon. The Asexual journal and website would not be possible without your continued support. Social media of The Asexual is primarily centered on our Twitter, which has garnered over 4,000 followers. In the entirety of 2017, The Asexual received over 15,500 visits and 25,000 page views. As of June 15th, The Asexual has received over 24,000 visits and 44,500 page views in 2018. The Asexual is followed on Twitter by Lamda Literary, the leading LGBT literary organization in the nation.
Tiers
Supporter
$1 or more per month
  • A thank you message via Twitter (@AsexualJournal). 
  • Automatic access to every article published on TheAsexual.com 24 hours early.
  • Your name will be included on TheAsexual.com as a supporter on our official donation page.
Ace Supporter
$2 or more per month
  • Previous level.
  • Early access to all of The Asexual journal issues in PDF format 24 hours prior to it being released everywhere.
  • Opportunity to vote once in the final round of voting to decide the upcoming journal issue themes every quarter.
Major Supporter
$5 or more per month
  • Previous levels.
  • Your name will be included at the conclusion of The Asexual journal under the title of "Major Supporters" (Must be a Patron for 1 month before inclusion). 
  • Your name will be included at the bottom of every article published on TheAsexual.com (effective April 2018). 
  • Opportunity to vote twice in the final round of voting to decide the upcoming journal issue themes every quarter. 
Ace Influencer
$10 or more per month
  • All previous levels.
  • Opportunity to introduce 1 original journal issue theme for consideration every 6 months. You decide!
  • Opportunity to vote thrice in the final round of voting to decide the upcoming journal issue themes every quarter. 
Journal Subscription (Early Bird)
$12 or more per month (sold out!)
  • US only. All previous levels.
  • You will receive one copy of all 4 The Asexual journal issues in physical format released throughout the year. Must be a Patron for at least 2 months before the upcoming issue to receive this issue (i.e. If the issue is released in March, must be a Patron for February and March to receive the March issue in addition to all subsequent journals). 
  • Shipped directly to you via USPS.
Journal Subscription [US only]
$20 or more per month
  • US only. All previous levels.
  • You will receive one copy of all 4 The Asexual journal issues in physical format released throughout the year. Must be a Patron for at least 2 months before the upcoming issue to receive that issue (i.e. If the issue is released in March, must be a Patron for February and March to receive the March issue). 
  • Shipped directly to you via USPS.
International Journal Subscription (Early Bird)
$24 or more per month (sold out!)
  • All previous levels.
  • REQUIRED: DM @AsexualJournal on Twitter or email [email protected] before becoming a Patron under this level.
  • You will receive one copy of all 4 The Asexual journal issues in physical format released throughout the year. Must be a Patron for at least 3 months before the upcoming issue to receive this issue (Ex. If the issue is released in March, must be a Patron for January, February, and March to receive the March issue in addition to all subsequent journals).
Goals
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  • All accepted submissions to be published in The Asexual journal will be paid starting at $7.50 for poems, $10.00 for essays and prose, as well as $10.00 for visual art in The Asexual journal.
  • If 15 pieces are accepted per journal issue, this equals anywhere between $112.50 - $150.00 in payments per issue (5 issues total) in addition to article and interview costs every month.
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The Asexual Journal Issues:

The Asexual Vol. 2, Issue 2 (On Asexuality and Representation)
The Asexual Vol. 2, Issue 1 (On Asexuality and Sex)

The Asexual: Vol. 1, Issue 4 (On Asexuality and Race)
The Asexual: Vol. 1, Issue 3 (On Asexuality and Body)
The Asexual: Vol. 1, Issue 2
The Asexual: Vol. 1, Issue 1

Non-Corporate and Independently Managed 


The Asexual is a quarterly journal, website, and social media platform that was founded in October 2016 by Michael Paramo and released its first journal issue in April 2017. The Asexual would not be possible without your donations via Patreon. The Asexual is not funded or supported by any corporation and is a completely independent platform. As a result, your support makes a huge difference in keeping the journal, website, and social media up and running. Donations help pay website costs, offer payment to contributors, produce the online and physical journal issues, help fund new projects, support hundreds of hours of unpaid labor in the form of managing journal edits, layout, organization, daily social media posts and threads on Twitter, and publishing original articles and content on The Asexual website. All of this activity is managed entirely by one person, who is currently also a full-time graduate student. If you're unsure whether to donate, please know that it does make a huge difference. Thank you for your support.

Who We've Published: 

The Asexual asserts the importance of a global perspective and has published ace-identifying academics, professionals, activists, writers, and artists from Australia, Hungary, India, Mexico, Pakistan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The Asexual has also published the work of medical professionals in the field of sexual health, activist media directors and producers, PhD candidates and recipients, and a Professor of Public Health. This includes past or current students from the following universities, among others:

  • University of Southern California
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • Stanford University
  • University of Sussex
  • University of Salford
  • Bath Spa University
  • The New School
  • University of Toledo
  • Washington State University

What We've Published: 

The Asexual journal has published the work of writers and artists under the ace umbrella both in the quarterly journal and as standalone articles on theasexual.com. Included below are several articles that exemplify the range of who and what we've published recently:

Everyone's Dressed Like You: How Seeing Yourself On TV Can Change Your Life
Article by RoAnna Sylver
“You never knew how important it was to see yourself reflected on a TV screen. You've never felt so heard, seen, validated, and loved. You weren't imagining your pain; it's real to others too.“

Asexual Community Participation: How Often? Why? Why not?
Essay by Brian Fink, PhD, a Professor of Public Health and an epidemiologist at the University of Toledo in Ohio. He is interested in combining his research skills with his asexual orientation to learn more how asexuals can have happier and healthier lives.

Asexuality and Me
Article by Danyi
"On the internet, many of the asexuals I’ve come across have been white. And while I appreciate that they are out there, it’s hard to relate to them. A white asexual person will never understand my struggle as a black asexual person."

Beyond Sex: The Multi-Layered Model of Attraction
Essay by Michael Paramo, recognized by editors at major publishing platform Medium.
"Attraction should not merely be classified as a sexual endeavor, a singular or universal mode of experiencing desire, love, or yearning passion towards another human being(s). Attraction is complex."

Spectrum
Art by Elyse Jones
"I created this piece to challenge the notion that all asexual people don’t have sex and/or have no relationship with sex."

"Meaningless Sex"
Essay by Heidi Samuelson, a writer based in Chicago and a former academic philosopher, earning her PhD in 2012. She wishes she knew what asexuality and aromanticism were when she was in her teens and early 20s.

Summer Camp
Performance Poetry by S.J. Waring
"And I am too old for summer camp but if I went back / I would tell them that I know what lips feel like / I know what sharing a bed feels like / I know what eye contact in the darkness feels like / And I don’t need to know much more than that." 

Indian Aces: Awareness and Activism in India
Interview with medical professional Dr. Pragati Singh on the changing landscape of asexuality and ace awareness in India.

The Asexual Editorial Board:

The editorial board of The Asexual journal was formed in early 2018 following the first four issues of Volume 1, which had been produced, edited, and designed by Michael Paramo. Since Volume 2, Issue 1, The Asexual has received editing contributions from the following board, including PhD candidates, graduate students, and amazing ace writers/artists: 


Ai Baba is an aroace agender PhD candidate studying race, gender, and a/sexuality in modern Japanese history. Besides working on her dissertation, Ai is currently volunteering with the Asexual Census Survey Team, and also founded "ace to ace" (http://ace2ace121.wordpress.com ) to connect aces in Japan. Twitter: @not_alibaba.


Geoffrey Colaizzi is an androromantic demisexual agender person located in northern Virginia. They are an undergraduate student at George Mason University, and has presented their research on asexual relationality at the National Women's Studies Association in 2015 and 2017. While going to school part-time, they also work as a full-time HR intern and a part-time HR assistant. Over the past six years, Geoffrey has also been an activist in their spare time working to expand ace/aro awareness and inclusivity in local queer communities and spaces. Twitter: @inqueertime.


Evelyn Elgie is a queer ace poet, artist, and academic. Her work deals with mental illness, asexuality, deconstruction and landscape, and in particular a radical re-imagining of our cultural understanding of sex and romance. She holds a BA in Contemporary Studies and Creative Writing from the University of King’s College, and her poetry has appeared in Open Heart Forgery, Glass Mountain, and Hinge: Journal of the Contemporary. She is about to begin her master’s degree at the Social Justice Institute at the University of British Columbia.


Katie Halinski is a non-binary grey-asexual from London. They are currently doing a PhD in Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic at the University of Cambridge, where they are researching human-bird interactions and bird symbolism in Old Norse culture. In their spare time, they enjoy playing bass guitar and watching films (the stranger the better). They can be found on Twitter as @Liminalitea, where they mostly post about kaiju, cats, the stranger parts of medieval culture, and mental health.


Emma Hutson is currently completing a PhD on trans literature at Sheffield Hallam University. She has work published in C Word: An anthology of writing from Cardiff, Severine Literary and Art Journal, CrabFat Magazine, the Harpoon Review and The Asexual Journal. Her short story ‘Footsteps’ came second place in Sheffield Authors’ Off The Shelf short story competition. She is available on Twitter @Emma_S_Hutson.

Joe Jukes is currently studying for an MA in Sexual Dissidence at the University of Sussex, UK. Their primary research interests concern theory, including Queer- and Gender Theory, Critical Theory as well as Cultural Geography and Rural Studies. They have published in The Asexual before, in the Body Issue, and are hoping to pursue a PhD working towards the creation of “Asexual Theory.” Their Twitter can be found here: https://twitter.com/JoeeJayyy.


sydney khoo is a non-binary and queer writer, born in new south wales, australia to malaysian-chinese parents. though typically located crying in starbucks or tweeting in mcdonalds, they can occasionally be found posting creative essays and short stories online. follow them on twitter @sydneykerosene.


Ashley O’Mara is a freelance writer, former Jeopardy! contestant, and PhD candidate at Syracuse University, where they are writing a dissertation about celibacy and asexuality in literature after the English Reformation. Their work on sexuality, religion, and politics has appeared in America and Metathesis. They identify as ace, enby, and some kind of andro- or biromantic. They have strong opinions about hummus. Follow them online at ashleyomara.com and @ashleymomara.

About The Asexual:

The Asexual seeks to elevate discourse, primarily regarding (a)sexuality, gender, and attraction, by providing a space for ace people to publish their work. Part of this includes advancing asexuality discourse beyond awareness and into understudied realms, such as theorizing attraction, queer desires, (a)sexuality, (a)romantic, and (a)gender identities, the body, transnational (a)sexualities, and race, ethnicity, culture and (a)sexuality. To address this objective, The Asexual is producing quarterly journal issues addressing subjects that require more recognition, both within and external to the ace community, original articles and social media discussion challenging preconceived understandings of (a)sexuality, gender, and attraction, and intends to produce original anthologies in the future.

The Asexual represents independently-managed media to its fullest extent, directed entirely by one person. If you would like to support them through their work with The Asexual journal and website or if you simply appreciate The Asexual's existence, you can donate via our Patreon. The Asexual journal and website would not be possible without your continued support. Social media of The Asexual is primarily centered on our Twitter, which has garnered over 4,000 followers. In the entirety of 2017, The Asexual received over 15,500 visits and 25,000 page views. As of June 15th, The Asexual has received over 24,000 visits and 44,500 page views in 2018. The Asexual is followed on Twitter by Lamda Literary, the leading LGBT literary organization in the nation.

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Tiers
Supporter
$1 or more per month
  • A thank you message via Twitter (@AsexualJournal). 
  • Automatic access to every article published on TheAsexual.com 24 hours early.
  • Your name will be included on TheAsexual.com as a supporter on our official donation page.
Ace Supporter
$2 or more per month
  • Previous level.
  • Early access to all of The Asexual journal issues in PDF format 24 hours prior to it being released everywhere.
  • Opportunity to vote once in the final round of voting to decide the upcoming journal issue themes every quarter.
Major Supporter
$5 or more per month
  • Previous levels.
  • Your name will be included at the conclusion of The Asexual journal under the title of "Major Supporters" (Must be a Patron for 1 month before inclusion). 
  • Your name will be included at the bottom of every article published on TheAsexual.com (effective April 2018). 
  • Opportunity to vote twice in the final round of voting to decide the upcoming journal issue themes every quarter. 
Ace Influencer
$10 or more per month
  • All previous levels.
  • Opportunity to introduce 1 original journal issue theme for consideration every 6 months. You decide!
  • Opportunity to vote thrice in the final round of voting to decide the upcoming journal issue themes every quarter. 
Journal Subscription (Early Bird)
$12 or more per month (sold out!)
  • US only. All previous levels.
  • You will receive one copy of all 4 The Asexual journal issues in physical format released throughout the year. Must be a Patron for at least 2 months before the upcoming issue to receive this issue (i.e. If the issue is released in March, must be a Patron for February and March to receive the March issue in addition to all subsequent journals). 
  • Shipped directly to you via USPS.
Journal Subscription [US only]
$20 or more per month
  • US only. All previous levels.
  • You will receive one copy of all 4 The Asexual journal issues in physical format released throughout the year. Must be a Patron for at least 2 months before the upcoming issue to receive that issue (i.e. If the issue is released in March, must be a Patron for February and March to receive the March issue). 
  • Shipped directly to you via USPS.
International Journal Subscription (Early Bird)
$24 or more per month (sold out!)
  • All previous levels.
  • REQUIRED: DM @AsexualJournal on Twitter or email [email protected] before becoming a Patron under this level.
  • You will receive one copy of all 4 The Asexual journal issues in physical format released throughout the year. Must be a Patron for at least 3 months before the upcoming issue to receive this issue (Ex. If the issue is released in March, must be a Patron for January, February, and March to receive the March issue in addition to all subsequent journals).