Education

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These pages are a work in progress. We hope to add much more content in the near future!

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We are working on putting together resources to educate therapists, medical professionals, friends, family, and other supporters of ace survivors, as well as fellow asexual activists. These can take the form of articles, pamphlets, flyers, infographics, PowerPoint presentations… and so on. If you have anything to contribute, please email us at info@asexualsurvivors.org!

Please note: for articles, we prefer email attachments to be in .doc or .rtf format.

Below you will find a list of posts geared towards educating others.

I don’t want to call it CSA

By | September 23rd, 2016|Categories: Abuse, By & For Ace Survivors, Child Sexual Abuse, Personal Narratives, Sharing|Tags: , , , , |

My culture gives us very specific narratives of sexual violence — a short script, narrow roles, cardboard characters with tightly scripted lines that don't account for the diversity of reality.  Any deviation from the imposed mold feels "fake."  The way I figure, the more you hear the real stories that don't follow that short script, the easier it might be discard it altogether.

Spanish translation of Info Sheet for Health Professionals now available

By | July 3rd, 2016|Categories: Announcements, Education, For Professionals|

Resources for Ace Survivors is proud to present a new Spanish translation of our Basics of Asexuality for Health Professionals printable information sheet. You can download and print the translation from your home printer. We encourage you to consider distributing it where you can! Resources for Ace Survivors se enorgullece en presentar la traducción al español de nuestra hoja explicativa con Información Básica sobre Asexualidad para Profesionales de la Salud. Puedes descargar e imprimir la traducción aquí (tamaño 8x11" o A4). ¡Te alentamos a distribuirla donde puedas!

Hermeneutical Injustice in Consent and Asexuality

By | June 9th, 2016|Categories: Compulsory Sexuality, Education, For Activists|Tags: , , |

I was introduced to the concept of hermeneutical injustice a couple days ago and it’s been blowing my mind. I’ve been struggling for a while to reconcile consent and asexuality, specifically in the context where asexuality isn’t known. If asexuality isn’t an option, how can someone’s consent be truly free?

Ace Survivors as Rhetorical Devices (part four): Avoiding Using Ace Survivors Rhetorically

By | November 19th, 2015|Categories: Education, For Activists, For Supporters|Tags: , , |

In the last two posts I’ve outlined two of the major ways in which ace survivors are used as rhetorical devices--by using them to win political arguments and by creating a monolithic narrative of The Way Sexual Violence Happens to Aces. If you’ve read this far, you might be worrying about whether you’ve done either of these things in your own writing. You might be wondering how to avoid using aces as rhetorical devices while still writing forceful, argumentative pieces. This part is for you.

Ace Survivors as Rhetorical Devices (part three): The One True Narrative of Sexual Violence Against Aces

By | November 5th, 2015|Categories: Education, For Activists, For Supporters|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

In this post I’m going to discuss the way bloggers construct The One True Narrative of The Way Sexual Violence Happens to Aces. This can take several forms.  First, the author may assume that all ace survivors fit into a particular narrative of sexual violence (usually corrective rape by an allosexual romantic partner). Second, the author may acknowledge that sexual violence against aces may happen in multiple ways, but may highlight one way as more important or “real” than the rest.

Ace Survivors as Rhetorical Devices (part two): Using Ace Survivors to Win Political Arguments

By | October 15th, 2015|Categories: Education, For Activists, For Supporters|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Can you replace ace survivors in your arguments with an Oppressed Lamp—i.e. is your argument drawing on something specific about the experiences and feelings of ace survivors or is it using ace survivors as short-hand for “oppressed, beaten, helpless things you should pity”? If you’re using “ace survivors” to mean “super oppressed aces you should feel really bad for,” you’re probably using ace survivors as rhetorical devices.

Responsible Sharing: When to Avoid Linking a Survivor’s Story

By | October 13th, 2015|Categories: For Activists, Safety & Privacy|Tags: , , , , |

It's important not to speak over survivors. Sometimes people speak of "protecting" ace survivors but then don't listen to what we actually have to say. We are the experts, and we have been the ones to create nearly all resources currently available for other survivors. If you want to help us, then it is a good idea to link to things we've already written. But sharing links to our posts can also be inappropriate or dangerous, exposing us only to further harm. It's important to take care with what you share and where you share it. If you can remember these three rules, you should be able to figure out whether linking to a post made by a survivor is appropriate—and if not, please just ask permission!

Ace Survivors as Rhetorical Devices (part one): Introduction

By | October 1st, 2015|Categories: Education, For Activists, For Supporters|Tags: , , , |

This series is about the way ace survivors are used as rhetorical devices in ace communities. I will be directly quoting ace bloggers, deconstructing their statements, and pointing out how they are using ace survivors as rhetorical devices. I’ve been very deliberate in who I quote; I decided from the start that I would only quote bloggers who have repeatedly made the same sort of problematic statements about ace survivors, operating off the assumption that while someone might easily say something clueless about ace survivors once accidentally, if there’s a pattern to it, there is probably an underlying belief structure that needs to be addressed.

Asexuality Basics for Health Professionals Printable Info Sheet

By | September 29th, 2015|Categories: Asexuality & Mental Health, For Activists, For Professionals|Tags: , , , , , |

A resource for those who: Need to come out to their therapists about asexuality, but aren’t up for fielding 101 questions Want their doctors to understand asexuality to avoid misdiagnosis, bad assumptions, or awkward questions Simply want to do activism to promote better understanding of asexuality and competent treatment of [...]

Here goes everything

By | September 3rd, 2015|Categories: For Activists, For Supporters, Intersectional Issues, Personal Narratives|Tags: , , , , , , , |

I discovered the Wikipedia page for asexuality in January of 2008. By September of the same year, I had PTSD. These two facts are not unrelated. The story is sickeningly cliche, to be honest. Young Queenie discovers asexuality a month and a half into her first romantic relationship. When she comes out to her boyfriend, he tells her, “You’re not asexual; we just haven’t tried the right things yet.” Young Queenie doesn’t have enough knowledge or self-confidence to stand her ground. Boyfriend pushes at her boundaries, seeing how far he can overstep them before Queenie freaks out and throws him off her or…

Disingenuous, Shallow “Support”

By | August 20th, 2015|Categories: Domestic Violence, For Activists, For Supporters, Rape Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Ah, yes. Facebook Activism. Because sharing something on Facebook for others to automatically click "like" without even reading is clearly the most effective way to promote real engagement with anti-violence work, and genuine support to survivors. The idea that a brand is all that's needed to get others to care, rather than something that is just there for others to adopt in order to look like they care, is so incredibly vile to me. Why? Because it's exactly the sort of thing that makes it easier for abusers to gaslight their victims.

Challenges faced by asexual spectrum survivors of sexual violence (part 3)

By | August 6th, 2015|Categories: Education, For Activists, For Professionals, For Supporters, Rape Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

This series focuses on awful things people say to asexual spectrum survivors, sometimes out of spite, sometimes out of concern, and sometimes out of ignorance. Each section has a quote (or collection of related quotes) followed by a "translation" of the quote (or a distillation of the essence of the argument, if you will) and then commentary on why this is an awful thing to say.

Privacy concerns about Windows 10

By | August 1st, 2015|Categories: Safety & Privacy|

If you are considering installing Windows 10, you may want to read this first, and wait. Windows 10's default settings collect more data about you than you may be comfortable with. Users are given the option to opt out of most of the data collection, but critics say that that [...]

Challenges faced by asexual spectrum survivors of sexual violence (part 2)

By | July 30th, 2015|Categories: Education, For Activists, For Professionals, For Supporters|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

This series focuses on awful things people say to asexual spectrum survivors, sometimes out of spite, sometimes out of concern, and sometimes out of ignorance. Each section has a quote (or collection of related quotes) followed by a "translation" of the quote (or a distillation of the essence of the argument, if you will) and then commentary on why this is an awful thing to say.

When Sexual Abuse Comes in the Form of Words

By | July 28th, 2015|Categories: By & For Ace Survivors, Child Sexual Abuse, Coping Strategies, Personal Narratives, Self Care, Sexual Harassment, Verbal Abuse|Tags: , , , , , , , |

One aspect of CSA that I don't see discussed very often is sexually charged verbal abuse. My experience with this is as a CSA survivor specifically, but I could also see where it could potentially be an issue for adult survivors of sexual violence well. In my own experience, the sexualized verbal abuse I was subjected to has actually been one of the hardest aspects to recover from long term.

Challenges faced by asexual spectrum survivors of sexual violence (part 1)

By | July 23rd, 2015|Categories: Compulsory Sexuality, Education, For Activists, For Professionals, For Supporters, Rape Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

This series focuses on awful things people say to asexual spectrum survivors of sexual violence, sometimes out of spite, sometimes out of concern, and sometimes out of ignorance. Each section has a quote (or collection of related quotes) followed by a "translation" of the quote (or a distillation of the essence of the argument, if you will) and then commentary on why this is an awful thing to say (and suggestions for things you can say instead).

Why It’s Okay to Refuse Therapy

By | June 30th, 2015|Categories: Abuse, Asexuality & Mental Health, By & For Ace Survivors, Education, For Professionals, Medical & Therapist Abuse, Personal Narratives, Sharing, Therapy|Tags: , , , , , , |

Medical professionals of all kinds are well known for abusing every marginalized group known to humanity, and therapists are no exception. But we are told to get over it or told to "find another doctor." So for all of the people out there who feel that therapy is toxic: I'm making room for your narrative in the survivor discourse. It's okay to refuse therapy. It's okay to be hostile towards medical personnel, especially when they have abused you. It's okay to talk about your horrible experiences with therapy.