Let's Read Ace Academics! Poll Update

Oh, wow. The last week or so has been... a blur. Heat waves really mess with my sense of time. Anyway! The poll has concluded and it seems you all want The Lives of Asexual Individuals Outside of Sexual and Romantic Relationships: Education, Occupation, Religion and Community by Esther D. Rothblum, Kyra Heimann & Kylie Carpenter and  Asexual and Autoerotic Women: Two Invisible Groups by Myra T. Johnson but none of the other papers.

So... Here's what I propose: I'll add in two choices of my own to round out the week and after these four weeks, I'll tackle the book-length paper by Elizabeth Hanna Hanson. That gives us a short break from reading an entire book, just like at the start of the year, and it means I won't have that much time to let anxiety and dread build up.

I'll be tackling the month of papers by reading the two you all voted for first, starting with The Lives of Asexual Individuals, and then read the papers I've picked. That'll be the SCUM Manifesto by Valerie Solanas because... Frankly, I'm honestly curious how radfems decided to co-opt asexuality as a political statement in their own words. And then I think it'd be a good grounding to read A Validated Measure of No Sexual Attraction: The Asexuality Identification Scale by Morag A. Yule, Lori A. Brotto, and Boris B. Gorzalk because that one comes up a fair amount in papers.

That means the tentative schedule looks like this:

  • August 8: Asexual and Autoerotic Women: Two Invisible Groups by Myra T. Johnson 
  • August 15: The Lives of Asexual Individuals Outside of Sexual and Romantic Relationships: Education, Occupation, Religion and Community 
  • August 21: SCUM Manifesto 
  • August 28: Validated Measure of No Sexual Attraction: The Asexuality Identification Scale 
  • September 4: Making Something Out of Nothing: Asexuality and Narrative Chapter 1.1
  • September 11: Making Something Out of Nothing: Asexuality and Narrative Chapter 1.2
  • September 18: Making Something Out of Nothing: Asexuality and Narrative Chapter 1.3
  • September 25: Making Something Out of Nothing: Asexuality and Narrative Chapter 1.4
  • October 2: Making Something Out of Nothing: Asexuality and Narrative Chapter 2.1
  • October 9: Making Something Out of Nothing: Asexuality and Narrative Chapter 2.2
  • October 23: Making Something Out of Nothing: Asexuality and Narrative Chapter 2.3
  • October 30: Making Something Out of Nothing: Asexuality and Narrative Chapter 2.4
  • November 6: Making Something Out of Nothing: Asexuality and Narrative Chapter 3.1
  • November 13: Making Something Out of Nothing: Asexuality and Narrative Chapter 3.2
  • November 20:  Making Something Out of Nothing: Asexuality and Narrative Chapter 3.3
  • November 27: Making Something Out of Nothing: Asexuality and Narrative Chapter 3.4
  • December 4: Making Something Out of Nothing: Asexuality and Narrative Chapter 4.1 
  • December 11: Making Something Out of Nothing: Asexuality and Narrative Chapter 4.2 
  • December 18: Making Something Out of Nothing: Asexuality and Narrative Chapter 4.3 
  • December 25: Making Something Out of Nothing: Asexuality and Narrative Chapter 4.4

How does that sound to everyone? That'd carry us throught the remaining year, more or less, which is why I'd be starting this weekend to stay on track. (I know that's not a whole lot of time, but I'm still catching up on my to-do list from the heatwave. [sigh])

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