Asexuality on CTV

Last night I got to go on Canadian national television to (very) briefly talk about asexuality, the WorldPride-affiliated asexuality conference I'd just been at, and the asexual community's experiences and goals.


Watch the video here:

CTV News Channel: 'A similar fight'

Julie Sondra Decker, author of The Invisible Orientation, discusses asexuality and the conference held on it held in Toronto on Saturday

Stupid article on asexuality: apparently we all have mental health issues and don't exist anyway?
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Entirely stupid, offensive and horribly biased article on asexuality has been posted to The Age newspaper here:

The author has gone on to epically miss the point when people point out the problems with the article in the comments too - nevertheless, I do urge anyone who would like to to comment there to try and make this woman see sense, and perhaps she might get over her prejudices enough to see what damage this sort of identity erasure can cause. I doubt it, but maybe if enough people weigh in she might reconsider her horribly close-minded stance. You never know!

I'm going to comment there myself later, once I get over my urge to just shout in pure rage and can form articulate sentences again. It's so depressing that this sort of shit still gets written.

Portraits Of Asexuality
Photographic artist creates series of photos to help document the asexual experience.


Japanese Schools Teach About Asexuality
Thought you might be interested in this.

A new sex ed poster for Japanese schoolchildren includes an explanation of asexuality in it.

Asexuality research
TV violence
Some of you guys might be interested in participating in this:

Asexuality portrayal on TV show Sirens (spoilers for 4/3/2014 episode herein)
I'm watching Sirens, a new TV show in the US about paramedics. It's a comedy. In the 4 episodes I have seen so far, it has been irreverent about life, death, relationships, pornography, family, pretty much everything.

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So I was thinking....
I like reading and lately they've covered some serious topics like (5 Unexpected Things I Learned from Being a Heroin Addict  Read more: or( 5 Shocking Realities of Being Transgender the Media Ignores

Read more: ) and I got to thinking if maybe someone could write one for asexuality?

Even though Cracked is a comedy site, these articles are not laugh-out loud funny, more like light-hearted, but very informational.
I don't feel like I would be able to write something like that, but maybe someone can?

Just a thought.

World Pride?
So are any of you planning to attend World Pride in Toronto this June? I'm really looking forward to it! It'll be good to meet up with a number of aces I've only known online for that last few years that I've been a member of the community. Also, there's lots of fun stuff to do in Toronto. It's going to be an entertaining week!

The Invisible Orientation
Hi all! Some of you may remember that I announced a book deal last year. Well, things are moving along pretty well and I thought I'd stop by and update y'all on the status.

The book's title has been changed to THE INVISIBLE ORIENTATION: An Introduction to Asexuality.

It will come out September 2, 2014 from Skyhorse Publishing/Carrel Books.

Right now only the hardcover is available for preorder. An ebook is supposed to be released at the same time, though.

Here are the links to purchase or add to a list:

Buy or Add: [Amazon] [Barnes & Noble] [Book Depository] [Goodreads]

Please note that the UK version of Book Depository also has the book listed. I'm told they ship worldwide.

Here is the current cover--it may not be final.

If you're interested to know more about what the book covers, the Amazon entry's description explains it pretty well, but you can either read about it on its page on my professional author site OR watch this video on YouTube where I go over the planned chapters and what they address!

The book does not currently have a paperback or audio version planned, nor does it have any translations planned, but this is just the first release. My contract with the publisher does mention the terms for audio versions and translation/foreign rights, so there is groundwork laid if the demand for the book suggests it will be worth the publisher's while to create those options. When it first comes out, the best thing those of you who can't/don't want to buy it for yourself can do to help is to make sure your library gets it! I'm not much of a salesperson and have no intention of hounding my community to throw money at it, but I do want it to do well enough that it will stay in print and hit the numbers needed for a paperback version and trade distribution, so every bit of word-spreading will help!

As release approaches there may be some giveaways and contests so I will be sure to post them here for anyone who would be interested in that. :)

Can't wait to bring info about asexuality into another mainstream demographic. Thank you for your support!

Geek Aces of Britain - help?
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I don't know if anybody here is familiar with the Nine Worlds convention, but I've been put in charge of doing a panel on asexuality, fandom and asexual representation. Which means I need people other than me to be on the panel.

Now, I already have me and another ace but I need more volunteers. Specifically I'm trying to find people who unlike me and the person I've got already don't fall into the white/able bodied/cis image that you usually see of asexuals in the media. I'll do it if I have to, but I'm trying to put together a more diverse panel.

Which means I'm really looking for anybody who fits, and would want to volunteer. It's not a formal lecture or anything either so no need to give a power point presentation or the like. I'm hoping to use the Supernatural/Doctor Who/Sherlock fandoms and Cas/The Doctor/Sherlock as examples of the stereotypical image of the asexual, of 'the other' that fandom will gravitate to more, if that's good, if that's bad, and any other possible aces you may think of who aren't always thought of as ace by fandom. Don't have to like the Superwholock fandoms at all but some knowledge would be good. But once the panel is down we can all chat on e-mail and refine what we want to do so it is flexible.

If you want to help out and are already going to the con that's fantastic, either comment here or send me an ask on my tumblr. If you want to come but don't have a ticket and can't afford one let me know and I'll see if there's anything I can do.

This should be good geeky fun and also good vis work. 

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