Ace: What Asexuality Reveals About Desire, Society, and the Meaning of Sex

  • Book
  • By Angela Chen 
  • Reviewed by Kit

The following are out of 5

Racial Representation: 5

LGBTQ+ Representation: 5

Disability Representation: 5

Body Size Representation: 0

Gender Representation: 5

Socioeconomic Representation: 0

Mental Health Representation: 0

Religious Representation: 0

Own Voice: yes

Ace is an in-depth and intersectional look at various ace and aro-related issues and how various other identities and experiences complicate the experience. There’s a chapter focused on the frequently ignored non-white members of the ace community addressing how racist desexualising and hypersexualising stereotypes puts additional pressure on aces of colour. There are several black and Asian contributors discussing their personal experiences. There are contributors with various romantic orientations, ace-aros and allo-aros (who are particularly likely to be ignored even if aspec issues get any mainstream coverage), as well as a chapter dedicated to the life story of an asexual trans woman. There is a chapter dedicated to medialisation/pathologisation of asexuality and how this impacts disabled aces. There are several disabled contributors. There’s no in-depth discussion of how having a mental illness impacts aspec experiences. There also isn’t any discussion of how body diversity, socioeconomic status or age impacts aspec identity. There is a chapter focused on the particular pressures of being male and ace and another focused on the difficulty of being female and ace in relation to sexual double standards and sex positivity. Some contributors discuss how their religious upbringing impacted their view of their identity though religious views of asexuality aren’t discussed in-depth.


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