I wrote a bunch of other stuff recounting the awful but I just hit “backspace” for a few paragraphs. I changed my mind. I want this to be… in a different tone.
This post was written for the April 2017 Carnival of Aces, which is themed around Asexuality, Aromanticism and Parenthood. The call for submissions was here – and please check out the round up post containing all of the submitted entries! http://abnormaldiversity.blogspot.com/2017/05/aromanticism-asexuality-and-parenthood.html
Over on Asexual Activities, back in January (2017, so only a few months ago), 34 different people (including me) answered the theme on Having Children, plus one person replied to another person’s thought that being single meant they couldn’t adopt/foster and encouraged them to consider that that may not be true where they live. About 11 to 16 of the responses seemed to be “I don’t want children”, depending on how you count the “maybe one day” sentiments, meaning it actually is approximately 50/50. See all the different themes here: http://www.asexualactivities.com/tags, and click through to find the answers on asexual people’s perspectives on kids. Which submission is mine should be pretty obvious if you read my blog regularly, or even if you just read to the end of this blog post.
About a year ago, in May 2016, aceadmiral started a conversation on tumblr also related to aces and having children, and there are two (– I think only two? Not 100% sure) different branches of the reblog chain/thread that are worth reading. If you’re interested in the topic of this Carnival, I highly recommend you click the “Read More” links, read the other linked things within the responses, there is so much that is interesting over there.
- https://aceadmiral.tumblr.com/post/144128006058/tristifere-aceadmiral-luvtheheaven (yes I myself talked quite a bit in this one)
I have so many thoughts on this topic, honestly, but it’s hard for me to currently talk about. Nothing has really changed about what I desire since a-year-and-a-half ago when I wrote on Being an Aro Ace and Desiring (Foster and/or Adoptive) Parenthood, but also so much has changed since then in my life and in how feasible this desire seems!
This post was written for the March 2017 Carnival of Aces, which is themed around Ace Pride. The call for submissions was here – and the round up post containing all of the submitted entries is here: http://purrplelace.tumblr.com/post/159167437413/march-2017-carnival-of-aces-round-up
We’ll get to Ace Pride by the end of this post. First, I need to talk about Ace Shame.
[Content note: Heavy discussion of anti-ace sentiments, invalidation, shame, negative emotions, etc. Some NSFW text. Unhappy ace/allo sexual relationship dynamics also touched upon. It’s a bit of a rambling mess too.]
shame: n. A painful emotion caused by the belief that one is, or is perceived by others to be, inferior or unworthy of affection or respect because of one’s actions, thoughts, circumstances, or experiences.
- What is there to be proud of? Isn’t asexuality nothing?
pride: n. a feeling of honour and self-respect; a sense of personal worth
- “Are you sure you’re not repressed? because you grew up Catholic?”
- “Everyone masturbates – and the few who say they don’t? are lying.”
- What do you fantasize about though?
- Everyone is turned on by some type of person.
- “Maybe you should talk to a doctor about your hormone levels.”
- “WAIT — you’re 22 and you’ve never been kissed??”
- The 40 Year Old Virgin is a great movie, made me cry. I’m so happy that he finally lost his virginity at the end.
- “It’s natural and healthy to have sexual thoughts and desires”.
- You’re betraying feminists if you fight Flibanserin (Addyi) being on the market.
- “Who do you have a crush on?”
- “You should watch this tv show, if for no other reason than the eye candy, you know what I mean? 😉 “
- “Philosophical or psychological hypothesis: What if all human desires are, deep down, influenced by sex because it’s instinctual that we need to want sex in order for our species to survive? I mean it’s probably true, it just makes sense.”
- My mom: “You don’t have to get Confirmed Catholic if you really don’t want to however… You might want to belong to a church for when you get married?”
- “A soulmate is your other half, the person who completes you, everyone is waiting to find theirs unless they are so lucky to have already found them.”
- lust can be such a powerful feeling that it motivates people to cheat with a stranger they just met
- “without ‘passion’ in that marriage can you blame that miserable spouse for cheating?”
- OK Cupid question: “How many dates will you want to go on before you’re ready for sex? One? Three? 12?” (See the 100 words prose poem thing I wrote, which I just tonight posted about this topic.)
- Check a box: “Which of the three fits you best: straight, gay, or bi?”
- “Have you tried having sex with both men and women and didn’t like it? Only men? You probably just didn’t give being lesbian enough of a chance.”
- “Ok interesting. But. Are you absolutely sure you haven’t just not met the right person yet? You don’t want to close yourself off to that possibility too young” (said to me when I’m 24.)
- Me before I accepted I’m ace: “I… this first kiss to you feels just as lackluster as the other time I tried kissing a different person last year. I need to admit something… I’m starting to worry I might be asexual, unfortunately. I like you a lot as a person already, so maybe I’ll turn out to be demisexual? Over time? (If we… fall in love or something?)”
- It’s the standard narrative. Boy meets girl. One is too traumatized or just mistrustful of the world. Let’s say it’s the girl this time. The guy loves her hard enough, for long enough… that she learns to love him back with time. Or she suddenly has a revelation that the love of her life has been there all along. He might be suddenly attractive to her too. Like Lois and Clark in versions of their story where you see them before they get together. And wow. They feel all the feelings. They have a magical kiss or even the best sex ever by the end of the story. Happily ever after. It wouldn’t be a happy ending without getting together romantically.
- “Are you sure you’re not aroused right now?” – when I tried sex with my boyfriend.
- “I’ve never met anyone who’s asexual before. (That can’t be real.)”
- “Oh, that explains a lot about our conversations these past years. I always just thought maybe you were a bit prudish.”
- Isn’t the idea of being proud to be ace arrogant, elitist, and saying you’re better than people who have sexual desires, shaming them for that, and that’s not cool?
- “You’re lucky you’re ace. I wish I was ace. You have it so easy.”
Sorry I decided to write such a downer of a post for such a seemingly happy theme. I kind of went a pretty… different direction than the other entries. At first I wondered if I was completely going off topic but now I realize… My post is basically a long answer to (Purr)ple(L)ace’s final bullet point in the suggested topics:
How do displays of pride (in whatever forms you choose to show it) help you deal with any negative aspects of being ace? How do they help you love/accept yourself and your asexuality more?
This is part 4 of 4.
Onto the final chunk of questions… some of these are much more fun than the previous parts.
13. do you headcanon any characters as arospec?
So I’ve had some huge life events lately. It’s been a bit overwhelming and I don’t even know what to tell you guys first. [content note on this post for… heavy talk about all sorts of things that are personal to me, like my grandmother’s death and my mother being abusive so read at your own risk.]
So coming up in about a week will be the four month “anniversary” (4th monthiversary) of me and Robert* deciding to officially become queerplatonic partners!
I asked him if he’d be interested in doing a thing for my blog where we interview each other and post some answers for my readers. He said he would be up for that!
And then I suggested that maybe my followers would have some questions for both of us (or in a few cases, for one or the other person). Robert thought that was a good idea, asking you guys to help us.
That means you guys, my readers, coming up with questions that the two of us in this relationship will answer (unless for whatever reason we decide we don’t want to answer – no promises on answering every question we get.).
You may pose questions just for him, especially if it’s a question where you already know how I’d answer because of my previous blogging, you can ask a question just for me, or you can ask a question that both of us will try to answer.
For basic information, I identify as both wtfromantic & aromantic, and I am asexual. I’m 26 years old, cis-female.
Robert is aromantic and gray-asexual, 27-years-old, and cis-male.
I look forward to seeing what questions you might pose for us to potentially answer in the comments below!
Alternatively, if you wish to ask a question more anonymously than in the comments, feel free to email me the question(s) at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will keep your identity private, no one besides you and me has to know you asked.
* Robert is not his actual name. He chose this name, when I asked him to provide an alias for my blog. 😉