Anonymous said: How do you personally define asexuality?
The phrase I try to use everywhere is “A sexual orientation characterized by a persistent lack of sexual attraction towards any gender.”
Also, whenever I define a different sexual orientation, I generally word it in an analogous way.
Felt it was worth a reminder, since I see a lot of people getting started early, apparently based on last year’s dates.
Not that there’s anything wrong with making every week asexual awareness week…
Anonymous said: So I have a question! AVEN describes asexuals as people who don't experience sexual attraction and also do not like having sex. Tumblr describes it as people who do not experience sexual attraction who may or may not be sex repulsed. I was wondering why the tumblr definition is different than the AVEN one?
well, i wasn’t aware that was AVEN’s definition, but apparantly, yes, they are different, and personally, i don’t agree with the AVEN definition. the act of sex and a person’s experience of sexual attraction are separate things, i don’t think one should be predicated on the other, or that one’s sexuality should be defined by their sex lives. that’s like saying gay guys who’ve had sex with women can’t call themselves gay
That’s not AVEN’s definition. Theirs is, and always has been, “An asexual person is a person who does not experience sexual attraction”, which is pretty much identical to the “Tumblr definition” and the definition used by virtually all mainstream discussion of asexuality. Nothing about disliking sex at all. I believe that adopting the “sexual attraction only” definition and avoiding any other qualifications or restrictions (As in “You must also hate sex” or “you must not have a libido”, etc.) was one of the reasons they were founded in the first place.
I really wish someone knew when the asexual awareness week begins and ends. There’s some sites stating the 20-26;
And others saying the 26-01;
When is it?
2014 is 26th through 1st.
2013’s was 20th-26th.
The best part of writing is when your word processor decides to do completely random things with your formatting.
I hit Backspace, why are you double spacing all my lines?
Why are you putting bullet points on a paragraph I didn’t select?
Why are you making the heading overlap the text above when I change the font size?
And just how in the hell did saving the file make that paragraph flow outside the margins, get a double indent bullet, and stop being justified?
The extra fun part? This project involves multiple different editors, and I have to try to wrangle the text and formatting between them. Yay!
I really miss the “Reveal Codes” feature from WordPerfect, where you could see the underlying formatting codes behind the WYSIWYG format in order to figure out why in the world it was doing stuff like that.
(It still exists even in modern versions of WordPerfect. But barely anyone uses WordPerfect anymore, so things would still end up getting mangled in the conversion to Word format anyway…)
It’s not so much hidden characters as random formatting bugs. It looks like it’s doing line spacing based on the font size, so when you have two sizes on one line, the entire paragraph picks up the line spacing of one font or the other, which messes all sorts of things up. Then, beyond that, it’s just plain broken in places. Sometimes, I end up backspacing something away and it steals the last character in the header above and puts it on the first line of the paragraph I’m editing. It’s just broken.
I should just break down and figure out how to get the graphics I want in Word and just do all of it there, instead of trying to move between programs.