Saturday, February 25, 2017

The End of Aromantic Spectrum Awareness Week

So, we've come to the end of this year's arospec awareness week. The prompt for today is to reflect on the week.

Personally, I'd like to do this by pulling together some of the posts I've found by others about arospec awareness. There's a bunch on the aromantic awareness week site, but I'll focus on drawing attention to the ones that aren't on that site.

Penny took the start of ASAW as an opportunity to share ous rant about the importance of recognizing that aromantic and asexual are not the same thing, and distinguishing between the two in discussions.

If you're interested in aromantic fanfic, Archive of Our Own has a tag with several stories.

There's also several YouTube videos on aromantic awareness. Jonah from YoungBlossom describes how he figured out he's aromantic and Olivia from Ecstatic Ace (an alloromantic ace) interviews an aromantic person named Lauren about basic aromantic awareness.

EveMoon has a comic on DeviantArt for aromantic awareness, featuring an aromantic person being questioned by an inquisitive child.

Penny Sterling from Strange Horizons wrote a powerful and emotional piece about amatonormativity in fiction, and how it affected them as a child and continues to affect them today.

And lastly, I'd like to acknowledge a mainstream LGBT+ organizations that has recognized aromantic spectrum awareness week. GayYA hosted a series of articles by arospec writers for ASAW.

What would I like for next year? Well, I'm hoping that I'll be able to find, some research on aromanticism. I'd like it if this article wasn't the only one of its kind I could find. At the very least, I'd like to write up some of my own survey data by then.


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