Things Happening in the Ace World

So, there’s been some interesting new asexuality-related things happening lately that I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. Here’s some of what’s been going on that’s on my mind:

  • A possible upcoming Asexuality Game Jam is being discussed on on /r/asexuality. The concept of a Game Jam is actually new to me–it’s essentially a session where people gather to produce games in a short period of time. This one would be themed around asexuality. I think it’s a really neat idea and would love to see it take off and create some interesting ace-friendly games. Remember that there are a lot of different roles and skillsets needed in game creation, and that there are a lot of easy-entry methods to make amateur games these days, so prior game-creation experience is not needed to participate.

Speaking of how I found out about that…

  • From the Midwest Aces Meetup Group, a new Meetup group which is open to aces all over the Midwest. I was very happy to see that there are a lot of online meetups and activities in the works for those of us who can’t travel for in-person meetups for whatever reason. There aren’t a lot of places for aces to just hang out and make friends, and just like chat with each other or game, so seeing another space for that is cool.

    [UPDATE December 2014: The group Midwest Aces has since closed. What a shame, hopefully there will be new groups in the future to make up for it. It was fun while it lasted.]

All this talk of new resources is inspiring, but of course every community sometimes loses an old one:

  • This week, the asexualityresources tumblr closed. Hopefully everyone had time to make backups of anything they wished to save, and we will see more asexuality resources created to take the place of old ones we lose.

Also, Ace Admiral is creating a college scholarship for Aces! Any Ace in need of tuition assistance is encouraged to apply.

There aren’t even words for how excited and happy this makes me. (And not just because I need tuition money, heh). No, I’m excited because this is a resource, a real, established resource we will have that will help us support each other and other aces. This will help us give an ace a leg-up in getting an education. This is the kind of thing we need and that I hope we will see more of.

It is also another thing that will hopefully increase visibility and establish our credibility and the validity of our movement and identity. My college at least, will put scholarships that students have won on a list, and will say “X scholarships is awarded to students who are X. Students from this university were awarded this scholarship in 2006, 2008, and 2012.” I’m sure some other schools do similar things.

Not to mention having an actual established scholarship fund that we can apply to just helps our personal credibility. Having a scholarship fund established for aces flies against the idea that asexuality is just some flimsy litle online thing that has no real validity or presence in the offline world.

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4 thoughts on “Things Happening in the Ace World

  1. Your “Midwest Aces Meetup Group” link doesn’t work. I recently joined the Asexuals of the Mid-Atlantic Meet-Up group. http://www.meetup.com/A-Mid-A/ and started attending some in-person meet-ups, which was great. I’m curious if it’s the same kind of a thing… but um, that paragraph kind of confused me. Is the Midwest thing a real life group? Because in the same paragraph, you wrote, “I was very happy to see that there are a lot of online meetups and activities in the works for those of us who can’t travel for in-person meetups for whatever reason.” Sorry for getting a little confused.

    This was all great to read about. I’m not sure what I think about the Ace scholarship – it’s so small, for one thing, and I find it hard to believe a university would take that size scholarship seriously enough to add to a list of scholarships, but maybe. You made some good points that I hadn’t quite thought of when I first found out about the Ace Scholarship through the Asexual Agenda Linkspam. :P

    And the game thing sounds really unique and cool! I hadn’t heard of a Game Jam before either. Thanks for bringing my attention to its existence!

    • Thank you for letting me know about that, it should be fixed now. As far as the Midwest Meetup group, I would imagine it’s going to be a mixed online/rl thing–so far as I know there aren’t any offline meetups scheduled yet, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be any in the future.

      From the Group’s About page:

      Perhaps if we get enough interest, we could hold some special regional meetups~, but for the time being, let’s do some meetups via the internet, like on an MMORPG, or Google+ Hangout, etc.!

      So I would say at the moment the group is in the stage of building sufficient numbers and interest for a regional meetup.

      The population in the Midwest (other than Chicago) is pretty low and spread out over great distances, which is kind of a detriment to meeting up with a lot of other aces. Our cities are a lot smaller and further apart than coastal cities and if you’re lucky enough to live in a city with an ace meetup it’s often not a very big one. Grouping together by region, I would say, is the only way to meet a significant amount of aces for a lot of us. The nearest city meetup for me, for example, is the St. Louis one, and it only has a handful of people.

      Point being with the online meetups, there will always be some aces who can’t afford to drive even 80 miles to go to a meet, let alone 800, and doing online meetups is a great way for aces to be able to meet and get to know other asexuals in their general geographic area, even if they can’t see them face-to-face yet. It’s a way to have a tie to your local ace community and be involved in it. So it’s something I would encourage any regional meetup group to do, as well as offering in-person meetups.

      This was all great to read about. I’m not sure what I think about the Ace scholarship – it’s so small, for one thing, and I find it hard to believe a university would take that size scholarship seriously enough to add to a list of scholarships, but maybe. You made some good points that I hadn’t quite thought of when I first found out about the Ace Scholarship through the Asexual Agenda Linkspam. :P

      As far as the scholarship’s size, I don’t actually think that it is small. I think the majority of scholarships are around that size. $500-$1000 is pretty standard. The big ones, in the thousands of dollars, are a lot less common and have much higher competition. My school offers several in the same range as the Ace scholarship, and they’re taken just as seriously. Even a $100 scholarship could make the difference for someone, could help them buy textbooks or make their tuition payment in time.

      And the game thing sounds really unique and cool! I hadn’t heard of a Game Jam before either. Thanks for bringing my attention to its existence!

      I’m glad I mentioned it then. Think you’ll take part? :3

      • I doubt I’ll participate in helping to create a video game. I don’t even play video games, but I have been reading more about video games on Lady Geek Girl’s blog lately and I think there is a lot to be said for who get to be represented in that medium, and so I certainly hope it is a successful “jam”! :P

        Yeah I have had to travel over an hour each way to go to ace-meetups for Asexuals of the Mid-Atlantic. We’ve generally met in various places in Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia although one meet-up I didn’t attend was in New York, and we try to vary the location to help accommodate as many of our members as possible. I wouldn’t be able to meet up if I was expected to drive a ridiculously far distance. I don’t live in a big city, myself, but the cities aren’t that far away. I hope the midwest group can find a way to incorporate even those people who can’t travel very far distances, with the online activities you mentioned or whatever. It sounds like a great idea with a lot of promise.

  2. I’m excited to see a meet-up group for the Midwest! I’ll have to sign up for it! It’s also great to see that scholarship program in progress! However, that’s a huge shame about asexualityresources closing down. I heard about that a one or two days ago on tumblr, with another blogger saying that blog closed down due to bullying, from within the asexual community! I’m so disappointed that happened.

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