How many openly asexual artists can you name?

How many openly asexual artists have you seen win awards?  Get recognition?

Being asexual can be confusing, especially when you don’t see yourself represented.  Many people still don’t even realize asexuality is a perfectly normal orientation.

I was born aromantic asexual.  I spent so many years feeling like a freak simply because I had no information about asexuality.  I didn’t see anyone like me anywhere.  After coming out, I was determined to be myself.  As an author, I have heard nearly every ace-phobic rejection imaginable (including an agent who referred to me as “too niche”).  As a woman, I was greeted with an equal amount of sexism.  As a passionate feminist, I was continually let down by fellow feminists not acknowledging the damage asexual erasure does.

Ace and Aromantic-spectrum folks deserve to be seen, heard, and acknowledge.  We’re a diverse group of artists and right now, we’re not being acknowledged.  This blog is going to be a place to highlight the work of asexual and aromantic artists.  The next generation needs to see that asexuality and/or aromanticism is nothing to be ashamed of.  You’re not broken and you’re not alone.

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This site is paired with Asexual Artists on Tumblr (http://asexualartists.tumblr.com/).  From that site:

Asexual Artists: What Is It?

I wrote a fairly long post about how asexual representation is currently being dominated by non-asexual creators (entitled “Not Our Voices”).  A friend of mine responded by asking me to create a list of asexual artists and, try as I might, I realized that I couldn’t think of very many.  I know there are fellow asexual-identifying artist out there, but we’ve been so suppressed and ignored, that our voices have become almost silent.  Our work, almost completely unknown.

So let’s change that.  Let’s show that we exist and we’re perfectly capable of telling our own stories, creating our own art.

This blog is still evolving, but eventually, I’m hoping to pair it with a WordPress site.  For that to happen, I’m going to need to find a lot of asexual-identifying artists.  So, here’s a couple of things you need to know about this blog and what I hope to accomplish with it:

What is the purpose of “Asexual Artists”?

Simply put, to highlight the work of artists who openly identify as asexual.  If you fall anywhere on the asexual spectrum, I want to hear from you.  All genders, races, socioeconomic classes, and religions are accepted here.  If you create art and you fall on the asexual spectrum, this blog is for you.

What I hope to do is interview a variety of asexual artists about their work.  It doesn’t matter whether your orientation factors into what you create.  This blog is all about visibility and proper representation.  Asexual-identifying people need to see that we’re more than just characters in a book or on a show or what have you.

What Qualifies as Art?

There’s a loaded question.  Art is including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Writing (novels, graphic novels, comics, poetry, etc.)
  • Visual (drawing, painting, sketching, sculpture, etc.)
  • Film (short, feature, screenwriters, etc.)
  • Dance (any and all sorts, including choreography)
  • Music (if you play an instrument, sing, compose, etc.)
  • Fandom-related art (cosplay, fan fiction, etc.)

There are other fields I know I’m leaving out (if you’re an asexual architect, feel free to drop me a line).  Whether you’re mainstream, traditionally published, freelance, indie/self-published, whatever, you’re welcome here.

Once again, I’m only interested in the work of people who fall on the asexual spectrum.  We need to highlight the work of asexual artists to show future generations that being asexual is nothing to be ashamed of.

How do I get involved?

If you’re interested in being interviewed or have an idea, please email me at laurenjankowski27@gmail.com

In the subject line, write “Asexual Artists” and somewhere in the email include what sort of artist you are (including links to your work if you have any).

Asexuals have been ignored and silenced for so long that it’s difficult to find us.  Hopefully this is the first step in changing that.

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