This is my (1 day late) entry for the June 2017 Carnival of Aces, which was themed around “Asexual Education”.
Today, in the afternoon into evening as we went grocery shopping at a few stores and then cooked dinner together, I had some amazing conversations with my dad, spanning:
- the nature of asexuality and aromanticism
- the complexities of what different people experience
- the often unintentional and subtle erasure in TV shows
- multiple real people’s experiences in the local ace meetup group and what that ends up playing out like
And basically I was engaging in a much more 201 (rather than 101), in-depth version of asexuality education, imparting my nuanced lived experience from 4-ish years exploring these topics and what’s been on my mind lately to a straight ally who has enough foundational groundwork to basically “Get” all of it.
For this month’s Carnival of Aces, one of the suggestions of topics we could talk about was:
How can those of us who aren’t professional educators teach about asexuality? What are some good places/resources to start? Is anyone currently looking for people to teach about asexuality?
and I think there are so many ways!! It’s such a complicated topic.