So, the most recent issue of the journal “sexualities” had not one, but three new “themed essays on asexuality”. Out of nine articles total. Not bad for us one-percenters. I for one am excited :D
1) There’s more to life than sex? Difference and commonality within the asexual community - Mark Carrigan
Abstract: Asexuality is becoming ever more widely known and yet it has received relatively little attention from within sociology. Research in the area poses particular challenges because of the relatively recent emergence of the asexual community, as well as the expanding array of terms and concepts through which asexuals articulate their differences and affirm their commonalities. This article presents the initial findings of a mixed-methods research project, which involved semi-structured interviews, online questionnaires and a thematic analysis of online materials produced by members of the asexual community. The aim was to understand self-identified asexuals in their own terms so as to gain understanding of the lived experience of asexuals, as well as offering a subjectively adequate grounding for future research in the area.
Keywords: asexuality, community, difference, identity, sex, sexuality
2) Asexuality in disability narratives - Eunjung Kim
( http://sex.sagepub.com/content/14/4/479.full.pdf )
Abstract: This essay explores normative regulations of disabled people’s sexuality and its relationship with asexuality through narratives of disabled individuals. While asexuality has been persistently criticized as a damaging myth imposed on disabled people, individuals with disabilities who do not identify as sexual highlight the inseparable intersection between normality and sexuality. Disabled and asexual identity and its narratives reveal that asexuality is an embodiment neither to be eliminated, nor to be cured, and is a way of living that may or may not change. Claims for the sexual rights of desexualized minority groups mistakenly target asexuality and endorse a universal and persistent presence of sexual desire. The structurally and socially enforced asexuality and desexualization are distinguished from an asexual embodiment and perspective disidentifying oneself from sexuality.
Keywords: asexuality, autism, compulsory sexuality, desexualization, disability, asexual embodiment
3) Crisis and safety: The asexual in sexusociety - Ela Przybylo
( http://sex.sagepub.com/content/14/4/444.full.pdf )
Abstract: This article provides a discussion of the implications that asexuality, as an identity category emerging in the West, carries for sexuality. Asexuality provides an exciting forum for revisiting questions of sexual normativity and examining those sex acts which are cemented to appear ‘natural’ through repetition, in the discursive system of sexusociety. Drawing especially on feminist and postmodern theories, I situate asex- uality as both a product of and reaction against our sexusocial, disoriented postmodern here and now. This article also addresses the question of whether or not, and on what terms, asexuality may be considered a resistance against sexusociety.
Keywords: asexuality, performativity, postmodernity, sexusociety, transgression
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