According to AVEN (The Asexual Visibility and Education Network), asexuality is defined as “someone who does not experience sexual attraction.” But the asexuality or ace spectrum is much more than this.
Every year an international community celebrates Asexual Awareness Weekin the last week of October. The week is an international campaign that seeks to educate about asexual, aromantic, demisexual, and grey-asexual experiences and to create materials that are accessible to the community and the allies around the world.
Like last year, this year too, FII collaborated with Asexuality India, the first website dedicated to Indians who identify as asexuals, to raise awareness about asexuality in India and to put out personal stories of asexual people.
As a starting point, it is important to understand what asexuality and various other terms in the asexual spectrum mean. These eight definitions below will help you understand the ace spectrum.
In the Indian imagination, an ‘Aunty’ is a middle-aged, usually fat woman who is married and has children. Young women, especially unmarried ones, either do not want to associate with the term or are expected to steer clear of it.
Savitribai Phule, first female teacher of the first women’s school in India is a pioneer figure. She relentlessly fought against the dominant caste system and worked towards the upliftment of the marginalized.