Faculty of Social and Human Sciences (UNL) Conference System, 1st Non-Monogamies and Contemporary Intimacies Conference

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“Asexy and we know it”: The emergence of asexual activism as a contemporary sexual and gender social movement.
Joseph De Lappe

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Date: 2015-09-27 06:30 PM – 08:00 PM
Last modified: 2015-08-08

Abstract


Why has collective asexual identity emerged so strongly as a social movement now? How does it contend for space amongst a proliferation of emerging sexual and gender minority identities? What is its inter-relationship to existing Pride/LGBTIQQA+ narratives?  This paper draws on an analysis of two interrelated pieces of ethnographic research. The first was a series of thirteen online narrative interviews with asexual activists from North America and Europe in the run-up to World Pride 2014 in Toronto, the tandem Asexuality Conference, and, asexual participation in the World Pride March. The second was a detailed case study of World Pride 2014, and asexual activist involvement, utilising participant and ethno-mimetic observation.  The analysis offers a picture of an emerging sexual and gender social movement sometimes caught between the desires to coop the existing dominant narratives of Pride just at the point their own intersecting, often contradictory, narratives of A-Pride are coalescing.