10:58 am - 04/21/2014

MMMMonday! Personal assumptions.

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Today, in the spirit of (and inspired by) Shakesville's questions of the day: What are some erroneous assumptions people make about you? Why do you think the assumptions are made? Do they bother you? Are those assumptions ever an asset? We'd just like to get some discussion going in comments, so if you're moved to, hop on in!
lanalucy 21st-Apr-2014 10:34 pm (UTC)
I'm not familiar with Ace. Can you tell me something about this? Here, or privately, if you prefer. I'm okay with No, too. I'm flexible.
nightengalesknd 21st-Apr-2014 10:53 pm (UTC)
Here works. If we can't talk about sexuality on Vaginapagina. . .although in this case it's not-sexuality. But still also relevant.

Ace is short for asexuality. Probably from the pronunciation - A-sexual starts to sound like Ace-exual. So some asexuals will describe ourselves as Ace. Some people use the playing card as a symbol, especially because it plays with an Ace being a single pip (that is, one without a partner) on the card. Sometimes they use the Ace of Hearts to suggest a person who has romantic attraction and the Ace of Spades to suggest a person who has neither sexual nor romantic attraction.

An asexual person is someone who doesn't experience sexual attraction to other people. Some asexuals have romantic interest and may describe themselves as heteroromantic, homoromantic, biromantic or with other terms. Some asexuals don't have romantic interest either, so they describe themselves as aromantic.

About 1% of the population was estimated to be asexual by the only reasonably decent study I know about (asking 1000s of people if they have ever been attracted to men, women, both or neither.) Since so few people have heard of asexuality, probably far less than 1% of people SAY they are asexual. It's hard to identify as a thing most people are raised to believe doesn't exist. I think the internet is changing that, slowly.

There's an asexuality community" here on LJ.

AVEN, which is the Asexuality Visibility and Education Network, has a nice FAQ here

Edited at 2014-04-21 10:54 pm (UTC)
lanalucy 21st-Apr-2014 11:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you.

Very interesting. (And I mean that in the literal sense, not the other way.)
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