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looking around Tumblr (and the internet in general) i noticed a distinct lack of QPOC-related pride graphics… and anyone who follows my blog has probably noticed that i love graphics! so, as usual, i decided to make some of my own for people to use. they are extremely minimalistic, as is my style, but i hope they can be of use to people.

please feel free to use these as you see fit. if i missed something or there’s something specific that you’d like a graphic like this for, feel free to send me an ask.

notes:

  • clarification of the acronyms is included because while the meanings are obvious to some of us, there are still many people who are unfamiliar with them. let’s change that!
  • i decided not to focus on sexual/romantic orientations with APOC being the exception. why APOC? because not all asexual people self-identify as queer or as part of the LGBTQIA+ community, so none of the other graphics apply to them. however, i still feel that POC visibility and pride in the asexual community is extremely important.
  • i debated with myself over whether to use singular (person/woman/man) or plural (people/women/men) as the acronyms encompass both, but in the end i decided to go with singular as i envision people uses these graphics to show their own personal pride more than group pride?
  • the colors used for the non-binary pride graphic are from the non-binary flag proposed by thejasmineelf. these colors are by no means official or widely agreed upon at present.
  • i considered using “enby” instead of “non-binary person”, but i’m still not entirely sold on that term and i know that some people passionately hate it.
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Claymore, Mafit and Fox are…

Scavengers of The Scarlet Wastes 

A post apocalyptic, scifi/fantasy web series, jammed full of randomness, geekiness, and a healthy sprinkle of action and humour. Made independently in Australia. 

Photos by Brendan Daniel. 

Check out the production at our Website or Facebook!

“Asexual POC Resources”, a static page on this blog inspired by a linkspam challenge in 2015, is my personal attempt at compiling links to various content on / by / for asexual people of color (POC) in the hopes of it not only being a resource for myself but for others as well.

this post contains only the latest links (as of 07/27/2016) to be added to the resources page. if you’d like to reblog more links, please see the original links masterpost and / or the pride art linkspam post. as with the previous two posts, this post will not be updated. for the latest links and revisions, please visit the resources page directly.


Asexual POC Pride Art

Articles & Blog Posts

Resources

Videos


as always, it’s impossible for me to catch everything that is worth including on the page, so please help me out. if you know of a link that ought to be added (or, conversely, see a link that you’d like removed) please let me know. send an ask or email me at queerascat at gmail dot com. thanks!

although the theme for #TheBlackout this time is “Uprising” inspired by the Haitian Revolution, i decided instead to focus on the fact that this week is Bi Awareness Week and show some (non-binary) biromantic asexual pride.

there isn’t enough representation / visibility of bi black people.
there isn’t enough representation / visibility of non-binary black people.
there isn’t enough representation / visibility of ace black people.

so here, have this half-baked photo.

Asexual POC Links Masterpost

in response to @queenieofaceslinkspam challenge, i thought i’d finally try to do something that i’d thought about doing for a while. that is, compile a list of resources in the form of links for/by/about asexual people of color (APOC).

at present (10/23/2015) i’ve compiled nearly 100 links, but this list is still no where near comprehensive nor complete. parts of it still need to be organized better, which i hope to do in time.

this post is the rebloggable version of this static page. going forward it will be that page that is updated rather than this post, so bookmark the page if you like. i’ll probably make smaller posts to make parts of this list more readably rebloggable in the coming days.

please note that i in no way endorse nor agree with all of the opinions expressed in the linked content. i am linking the content regardless of my opinion on it for archival purposes and in an attempt to be at least somewhat comprehensive.

some of the links below have triggering content. sometimes the author of the content has tagged or explicitly stated the appropriate triggers, but this is often not the case. as such, please exercise caution when visiting these links. perhaps in the future i’ll be able to include trigger warnings next to each link, but i’m unable to do so at present.

with that preliminary jazz out of the way…

Keep reading

Asexual POC Pride Art Linkspam

the following is an excerpt from my APOC Resources page. the rebloggable master post is here

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APOC Pride Art

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i’m always looking for more APOC pride art, so if you know of any that isn’t listed here, please feel free to reblog and add a link to it! i’ll add it to the resources page. :)

Part of a decolonization praxis is to challenge your sexual attractions. We've all been socialized to believe white people are superior in everything. In intelligence. In music. In art. And even in the way they look. To decolonize yourself means to challenge this notion that white people are the center of the universe. It's more difficult than it sounds. I'll probably end up dating a white guy. Sigh.
Asexuality, Race, and Community

A couple weeks ago at the Empowering Women of Color Conference in Berkeley, I hosted a workshop/presentation on the history of asexuality and the online community and the conversations about race and (a)sexuality that have been ongoing. The presentation is in Google Drive: Asexuality, Race, and Community.

There are a lot of slides! It ended up as multiple timelines, first of asexual awareness and the emergence of online communities, second of asexuality in the media, and third of conversations about asexuality and race within ace communities. We see that these conversations are either around increasing awareness of racialized (a)sexuality (including calling out racism within ace communities), sharing of experiences as APOC, or calls for spaces for APOC. We’ve been having these conversations since 2011 or so, and we may still be in the “raising awareness” stage of not only race and asexuality, but asexuality in general. It’ll be interesting to see what other spaces for aces of color will be created in the future.

Some topics that came up after the presentation:

  • Sex-positivity and asexuality. While sex-positivity at its core is about the ability for sex to be a positive experience, it can be difficult for people to accept sex-positivity as it’s currently framed – especially mainstream sex-positivity which has the tendency to frame all consensual sex as positive – since it tends to ignore the experiences of people of color along with aces. I’ve stopped identifying as sex-positive and now tend to say that I’m sex-critical or sex-negative. One of my favorite articles of all time is by Lisa at A Radical TransFeminist, who wrote The Ethical Prude: Imagining An Authentic Sex-Negative Feminism. Sex-positive feminism opposes sex moralism, “the controlled right of male sexual (and otherwise) access to women, in which people acting sexually outside of that controlled system are considered shameful and dirty,” whereas sex-negative feminism opposes compulsory sexuality, “a set of social attitudes, institutions and practices which hold and enforce the belief that everyone should have or want to have frequent sex (of a socially approved kind).” As Lisa frames it, sex-negative feminism isn’t the opposite of sex-positivity, but another way to oppose how women and their bodies are policed. Another good article I like is by Jo at A life unexamined, who wrote Sex-Positivity, Compulsory Sexuality and Intersecting Identities. Online ace communities are generally sex-positive (since it’s the prevailing liberal viewpoint), but there have been a lot of interesting conversations around asexuality and sex-positivity, and more discussions around being critical about sex and being sex-neutral have been happening.
  • Asexual relationships. I think this is something that most people are most curious about in terms of asexuality, including ace folks. How do relationships work with people who aren’t asexual? I wrote about Asexual/Allosexual Relationships for Ace Awareness Week last year. I’m a bit biased as a sex-averse ace, so while I fervently defend the ability of asexuals to enthusiastically consent to sex and believe that consenting to sex doesn’t require sexual attraction, I also think there needs to be more space for asexuals for whom sex is a deal-breaker.
  • What the ace community has to offer. There are topics of significant importance to asexuals – some of the big ones being consent and relationships – that are also important to people who aren’t asexual. For instance, critiques of sex-positivity have contributed to discussions around sex. I wrote a bit on Asexuality for Allosexuals for Ace Awareness Week last year, too. It references an article by Mary Maxfield Brave, Sp[ace] Exploration: What Sexual People Can Learn from Asexual Communities, that I thought was really cool.

Thanks to everyone who helped me with the presentation, and thanks to the folks at EWOCC and everyone who attended! The conference in and of itself was awesome. The panel on gentrification was particularly noteworthy, and it was cool just to be in a space with a majority of women and non-binary people of color.

(Quick note: I linked to all the sources I used in each slide in the speaker’s notes, so take a look at those if you’re interested in where I got all the information. A lot of it came from articles linked from cassz’s Asexuality and Race Resources document, and most of the general history tidbits were pulled from AVENwiki.)

youtube

Move Over, Gender Binary! | Tyler Ford | What’s Underneath

Our new What’s Underneath episode presents Miley Cyrus muse,Rookie writer, and agender warrior Tyler Ford. Getting down to their American Eagle briefs, Tyler takes on all of the BS of society’s gender binary as they tells about their journey from female (Tyler’s assigned gender at birth) to male to a non-binary human being.

Here are some of the empowering truths that Tyler’s video brings to the forefront:

THE DEVALUATION OF GIRLS STARTS RIGHT AWAY (1:30 – 2:29):
“In middle school, the only viable social currency was to dress as a girly girl. If the boys didn’t think you were hot, you were nothing, so I taught myself how to be a girl. I idolized Jessica Simpson and watched Newlyweds over and over again.”

SOMETIMES TRANSITIONING ISN’T THE ANSWER (4:26 – 5:59)
“I wasn’t connecting with being on testosterone or living life as a guy. I didn’t know what my future would look as non-binary person. It took maybe a year to solidify my identity and find a label that fit me, which is agender, and my pronouns are they, them, and their.”

ASEXUALITY IS COMPLICATED (6:30 – 6:57):
“There are asexuals, like myself, who enjoy having sex but don’t often have it because the foundation for the action doesn’t really exist (which is a very complicated thing).”

WESTERN CULTURE FETISHIZES AND DEMEANS BLACK PEOPLE’S HAIR (7:01 – 7:35):
“Growing up, the white kids in my class made fun of my hair. When I was eight, I started to chemically straighten my hair so I could look more like them. But I have come to love and appreciate my hair. It’s very me.”