Note For Anyone Writing About Me

Guide to Writing About Me

I am an Autistic person,not a person with autism. I am also not Aspergers. The diagnosis isn't even in the DSM anymore, and yes, I agree with the consolidation of all autistic spectrum stuff under one umbrella. I have other issues with the DSM.

I don't like Autism Speaks. I'm Disabled, not differently abled, and I am an Autistic activist. Self-advocate is true, but incomplete.

Citing My Posts

MLA: Zisk, Alyssa Hillary. "Post Title." Yes, That Too. Day Month Year of post. Web. Day Month Year of retrieval.

APA: Zisk, A. H. (Year Month Day of post.) Post Title. [Web log post]. Retrieved from

Monday, September 30, 2013

A Carnival of Aces: #Disability and #Asexuality

It's October 2013, and I am hosting this month's Carnival of Aces. What this means is that I choose a theme (Disability and Asexuality) and put out a call for submissions (this) and then people can write stuff and send it to me.

The theme is Disability and Asexuality.
Things you could think about include:

  • Assumptions that disabled people are asexual...
    • Ways this hurts sexual disabled people
    • Ways this hurts abled asexual people
    • Ways this hurts asexual disabled people
    • Something else?
  • What happens when disabled people actually are asexual?
    •  Trouble admitting it to ourselves?
    • Trouble admitting it to others?
    • People insisting it's internalized ableism?
    • "Well, no one would want you anyways..."
    • Something else?
  • People treating asexuality like a mental disability
  • Ableism in some asexual spaces
  • Parallels between how society handles asexuality and disability
Lydia Brown gave a talk at the University of Washington that is super-duper relevant, and there is more information on that here. I suggest taking a look. (As far as I know, there is not a transcript. Sads.)

Erin wrote something relevant to how assuming disabled people are asexual hurts (one specific, queer) sexual disabled person.

You can also totally look at the Spectral Amoebas carnival from 2011 for ideas, plus Caroline Narby wrote about autism and asexuality during her Double Rainbow series. [Yeah, I might keep running into stuff worth looking at for ideas while working on my paper on the erasure of Queer Autistic people.]

Now, submissions:
You can send them to You can leave a comment on this post. You can use my Tumblr submit box. You can message Yes, That Too on Facebook. I will get all of these things. If you don't have a blog, I am more than happy to post your piece on my blog. If you do have a blog but want reprinted anyways, I am happy to do that too. (I'll link to your copy in the end-of-the-month masterpost and in said reprint.) You don't have to be reprinted if you don't want to.
If you want reprinted or you are being published only on my blog because you don't have your own, the sooner you get your piece to me the better. If you get the link to me by October 30th, I will have you in the initial posting. If you get a piece for sole publication on my blog to me by October 20th, it should get a day to itself on my blog, by October 30th and it will be published in time for the initial master post. Reprint links given to me after October 20th may be reprinted after the master post. Getting retroactively added and/or published remains open essentially forever- I know disability can affect executive functioning!
Things that are submitted do need to have been written in October (or a later, executive functioning etc.) That doesn't mean you can't cite earlier stuff you or someone else wrote, it just means there needs to be new content. Things that are not blogs or not written are also fine.


  1. Great theme! I've been wanting to write a post on the 'oh but my body works just fine' idea that gets pulled out for a lot of ace visibility work for a long time now, so this is the perfect opportunity to finish that and post it. :) Look forward to seeing what everyone else has to say as well!

  2. Here's a submission:

  3. Here is my submission, in YouTube video form:

  4. Here is my submission:

    Thank you for hosting.

  5. My submission is over on my LJ: Standing on the corner of disability and asexuality, watching all the activists go by

    Also I signal-boosted at the asexuality livejournal community.


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