Hi, everyone! With the conclusion of Asexualities, it's time for a new poll on what you want me to read next for Ace Academics!
Like before, the poll is open to everyone. It'll run for a week (so from now until the 20th) and then, as usual, I'll be live commenting on the paper of the week in Discord and posting a more structured essay with thoughts on it the week afterwards. Due to the fact that this is a mixture of individual papers and books, the poll will work as follows: if a book is a clear favourite, I'll read that one in full before putting up another vote. If any of the individual papers are a clear favourite, I'll read the four most popular papers and then put up another vote.
Our options are, in a sense, somewhat limited, but let's look at them. Most of the individual papers come from research portals like academia.edu. I'll be sure to provide links to those that are open access, so you can read them too.
While you can vote for multiple texts, please do not vote for more than 2.
Making Something Out of Nothing: Asexuality and Narrative by Elizabeth Hanna Hanson. This is a book-length dissertation on asexuality and narrative. You may recognise this author and the concept from Asexualities. If I skimmed this correctly, the paper in Asexualities is an excerpt from this dissertation.
This book is divided into 4 chapters, so I'd be aiming for about one chapter per month and one sub-heading per week.
The Invisible Orientation by Julie Sondra Decker. This is the only non-academic text on the list - and also from 2014 -, but given its importance to asexual visibility, I wanted to add it. This is the most well-known of the books about asexuality and written by a well-known activist. As the subtitle suggests, this is an introduction to asexuality aimed at non-academics. For me, this is also a reread and I'd be interested in bringing together activist insights with more academic research and to investigate how Decker handled both.
The Invisible Orientation has 5 sections - six if you count the resources, but this is just a combination of available resources and the works references/cited bibliography - so it would only take about a month to read and go through.
A Validated Measure of No Sexual Attraction: The Asexuality Identification Scale by Morag A. Yule, Lori A. Brotto, and Boris B. Gorzalka is a 2015 paper by Yule, Brotto and Gorzalka, whom we may recall from Asexuality and Sexual Normativity. It's 13 pages long, and explores the creation of a scale to measure asexuality aimed to allow better data gathering. I am... let's say sceptical of this one.
Asexuality: A possible background and how it relates to autism and neurodiversity by Leif Eckblad is an independent preprint paper from 2018. It's basically what it says on the tin: a 25-page discussion of the relationship between asexuality and neurodiversity.
The Lives of Asexual Individuals Outside of Sexual and Romantic Relationships: Education, Occupation, Religion and Community by Esther D. Rothblum, Kyra Heimann & Kylie Carpenter is a 13-page paper from 2018 about the lives of asexual individuals in the USA.
Asexuality: Sexual Health Does Not Require Sex by Brenna Conley-Fonda & Taylor Leisher is an 8-page paper from 2018 and looks at how asexuality challenges the definition of sexual health.
Turning the Lens Around—A Study of the Cardcaptor‘s Best Friend: Tomoyo Daidouji by Ilisha Mehta is a 2018 conference paper (11 pages) about, well, reading Tomoto Daidouji as acespec, specifically lithsexual.
Eclectic affinities : intimate friendships in women's colleges, 1880-1930 is an 88-paged thesis from 2005 by Christianne A. Gadd. This paper isn't specifically about asexuality, but overlaps with historical research into the way aromanticism may have manifested itself and been discussed in the past. Because this is a much longer thesis, I'd be treating it more like the books collecting papers.
‘My [asexuality] is playing hell with my dating life’: Romantic identified asexuals negotiate the dating game by T. Vares is an 18-paged 2017 paper about alloromantic asexuals and dating.
SCUM Manifesto by Valerie Solanas is a radfem text that'd been referenced in several of the papers we've been reading. It's been notoriously difficult to get a copy of, but Twitter has provided. I have no idea what to expect of this one, to be honest.
Asexual and Autoerotic Women: Two Invisible Groups by Myra T. Johnson is a paper I actually liveread on Twitter, but didn't write an essay about. Again, this one proved notoriously hard to track down. This is a 6 page paper about asexuality from the 1970s.
Making Something Out of Nothing: Asexuality and Narrative
The Invisible Orientation
A Validated Measure of No Sexual Attraction: The Asexuality Identification Scale
Asexuality: A possible background and how it relates to autism and neurodiversity
The Lives of Asexual Individuals Outside of Sexual and Romantic Relationships: Education, Occupation, Religion and Community
Asexuality: Sexual Health Does Not Require Sex
Turning the Lens Around—A Study of the Cardcaptor‘s Best Friend: Tomoyo Daidouji
Eclectic affinities : intimate friendships in women's colleges, 1880-1930
‘My [asexuality] is playing hell with my dating life’: Romantic identified asexuals negotiate the dating game
Asexual and Autoerotic Women: Two Invisible Groups