Back in 2016, I created two quick slides listing common ace issues for a general asexuality 101 presentation at Creating Change:
At the time, the main issues I highlighted were:
- Rejection, Denial, or belittlement of ace identities and experiences
- Limited research data
- Difficulty accessing competent healthcare
- Limited public awareness
- Lack of community resources
- Lack of good representation and role models
- Lack of good models for nonsexual or nonromantic relationship
- Sexual harassment and sexual assault
- Pressure to be more sexual/sexually active
- Intersectional issues (heterosexism, cissexism, racism, ableism, etc.)
Now, I’m hoping to re-use these slides to make some more general stock presentations, as well as individual handouts (which would also include additional text). But before I do that, I wanted to get feedback from other community members on how you feel about this current list:
- Is there anything that seems to be missing?
- Is there anything that you think could be grouped together under a broader heading?
- Is there anything that seems oddly specific or oddly irrelevant compared to the other items?
- Is there anything that you think would be better called something else?
I am looking to keep the total list to no more than 10-12 (fewer is better) for brevity’s sake – this is meant to be a brief overview, not a deep dive, which is when I am trying to group together similar issues when possible. The original slides came with additional verbal explanations of each item, and any handouts would have some explanatory text added, so the general “name” of each issue can be fairly vague (ex. “lack of community resources” includes things like a lack of offline groups, lack of historical documentation, lack of experienced leaders, lack of assets like money, physical spaces, and print resources, etc.).
As an example, some feedback that I have gotten already includes a suggestion to include something about the pressure to be an “unassailable ace” and stand in for the whole community, and to consider combining pressure to be more sexually active with sexual assault and sexual harassment.
Thanks in advance for any thoughts you have to offer!
(also, if you have thoughts on specific sub-issues that you think are most important to mention in any verbal explanations or additional explanatory text, feel free to mention those as well – I’m not quite at that stage yet but I can definitely file away any comments for future reference)