What it Means to Be Asexual, Aromantic, Demi or Grey-Ace
by Eris Young
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Pub Date 21 Dec 2022 | Archive Date 21 Dec 2022
How do we experience attraction?
What does love mean to us?
When did you realise you were ace?
This is the ace community in their own words.
Drawing upon interviews with a wide range of people across the asexual spectrum, Eris Young is here to take you on an empowering, enriching journey through the rich multitudes of asexual life.
With chapters spanning everything from dating, relationships and sex, to mental and emotional health, family, community and joy, the inspirational stories and personal experiences within these pages speak to aces living and loving in unique ways. Find support amongst the diverse narratives of aces sex-repulsed and sex-favourable, alongside voices exploring what it means to be black and ace, to be queer and ace, or ace and multi-partnered - and use it as a springboard for your own ace growth.
Do you see a story like your own?
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Average rating from 168 members
This is a great, robust look at asexual and aromantic experiences and identities, with a wide range of voices and a refreshingly candid discussion of the author's own gaps and limitations (as a relatively privileged white person w/ ample Internet access as a teen). I loved all of the interviews/excerpts, and I thought the book was divided into cohesive, logical sections. I'd highly recommend this, though it is a bit long.
My Rating: 5/5 stars
My Thoughts: This is a book that I wish I had when I was growing up, because even though I now know what I identify as, I still learned so much about myself and my identity by reading this book. It’s hard identifying as aspec in a world that is thinks its unnatural, and this book made me realize I wasn’t alone!
I loved how the author interviewed aspec individuals to get their points of view. And I also loved that the author gave their own experiences and views as well! My favorite part of the book was reading about the different types of identities in aspec. Some of them I had never heard of before and found myself relating to them! I personally like labels because it helps me put a word to how I’m feeling, but not everyone feels that way.
Overall, if you identify as aspec or want to learn more about the asexual, aromatic, demi, and grey-ace identities I definitely recommend this book. It was great reading from a knowledgeable author who kept people’s feelings in mind when writing this book!
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