I’m hosting the Carnival of Aces this August, 2019.
Information about The Carnival of Aces:
The Carnival of Aces is what is known as a “blogging carnival,” through which many different bloggers post about the same topic. This one has been running monthly for eight years now and is (I’m sure you couldn’t guess) centered around asexuality. Each month a call for submissions is posted that introduces a specific theme for that month. This is mine. At the end of the month I’ll collect all the submissions and post a wrap-up right here on The Demi Deviant.
To learn more about the Carnival of Aces, including how to volunteer to host a month on your own blog, visit the master post on The Asexual Agenda.
August 2019 Theme: Deviant Identities
My blog is all about Deviant Identities, and I claim quite a few myself. This month I’d like to hear about your experiences with Deviant Identities and how they relate to your asexual spectrum identity.
For the purposes of this theme, I’m reclaiming the label “deviant,” which often has negative connotations, and defining Deviant Identities as any identities that are counter-culture, taboo, misunderstood, frowned upon, marginalized, or otherwise not mainstream. Based on this definition, asexual spectrum identities can fall under this label. But I’m encouraging you all to dig a bit deeper and explore other identities you may hold alongside your asexual spectrum identity.
Examples of Deviant Identities (though by no means an exhaustive list):
- Trekkie/Ringer/Whedonite (aka insert your fandom here)
- Otaku and/or Weeaboo
- Marginalized Monosexual/Monoromantic Identities (Lesbian, Gay)
- Plurisexual/Pluriromantic Identities (Bisexual, Pansexual, Fluid, Queer, etc.)
- Aromantic Spectrum Identities
- Transgender and/or Non-Binary and/or Agender
Ideas for your post:
- How do you engage with your deviant identities?
- Have you held different deviant identities at different points in your life?
- How does being on the asexual spectrum impact your other deviant identities?
- How do people perceive or interact with you based on your deviant identities?
- Do you belong to a community of people with the same deviant identity?
- How do your deviant identities interact and/or overlap?
- How long have you held your deviant identities?
- Are you interested in any deviant identities you don’t currently claim?
- Are you particularly averse to any deviant identities?
- What are common misconceptions about your deviant identities?
- Does your asexual spectrum identity cause people to assume things about your other deviant identities?
- Which of your identities feel the “most deviant” to you?
These are just some possibilities. Feel free to write about anything the theme Deviant Identities and its relationship to asexual spectrum identities inspires in you.
How to Submit
- Create and publish something related to this theme and asexuality.
This can be a blog post (on any platform), a poem, a song, a video, etc. It can be anything you create as long as it is available online and has a url.
- Comment on this post with a link to your content by August 31, 2019.
Please also include your pronouns and the name I should use for you in my wrap-up. Alternately, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and include your name, pronouns, and submission link. If you would like to submit anonymously you can email me your submission, say you want to remain anonymous, and I’ll post it on my blog and credit “an anonymous submitter.” Regardless of how you submit, I’ll reply to let you know I’ve received your submission.
- Sit back and wait for me to post the wrap-up with a link to your submission.
I will strive to post the wrap-up on September 1st, but I will still accept late submissions for a couple days. I’ll just edit in your link after I receive it.
Please let me know if you have any questions. I look forward to hearing all about your Deviant Identities!