Where are the Asexual Voices Presentation

 

I gave my presentation entitled “Where are the Asexual Voices” at C2E2 this past Friday. I’m not going to lie, I was terrified. I was positively terrified about giving this performance (and had a couple of near chickening out moments in the week leading up to the convention). Thankfully, I had some lovely friends in the audience and seeing their faces reminded me of my own courage. Suddenly, the daunting task before me wasn’t quite so scary anymore.

Even though I can’t remember a lot of specifics, this presentation proved to be quite a liberating experience. Many people are aware of my background and my “closet years.” I have spoken candidly about the amount of toxic friendships I’ve had in the past, when I was a self-hating ace. It took me years before I was able to embrace my asexuality. I went through hell and back to get to where I am today.

This presentation felt like my way of reiterating that only I define me. I am allowed to love myself, to feel pride in my asexuality and my art. I am asexual and I am an artist. I’m not anyone’s science experiment or teaching moment or cookie provider. I am a goddamn strong feminist (the aro-ace feminist avenger) and I own my narrative.

And now, I have to go back to doing what I love: working on my novel 🙂

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About Lauren Jankowski

Lauren Jankowski, an author from Illinois, has been an avid reader and a genre feminist for most of her life. She holds a degree in Women and Genders Studies from Beloit College. In 2015, she founded “Asexual Artists,” a Tumblr and WordPress site dedicated to highlighting the contributions of asexual identifying individuals to the arts. She has been writing fiction since high school, when she noticed a lack of strong women in the popular genre books. When she’s not writing or researching, she enjoys reading (particularly anything relating to ancient myths) or playing with her pets. She participates in activism for asexual visibility and feminist causes. She enjoys speaking about genre feminism, a topic she is quite passionate about, and hopes to bring more strong heroines to literature, including badass asexual women. Her debut novel was "Sere from the Green," the first volume in her ongoing series "The Shape Shifter Chronicles." The sequels, "Through Storm and Night," "From the Ashes," and "Haunted by the Keres" are also available. All books can be purchased through Amazon, CreateSpace, or Smashwords.
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