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October 24, 2023

Celebrate Ace Week with these reading recommendations

From 22–28 October, we are celebrating Ace Week (formerly Asexual Awareness Week), ‘an annual campaign to raise awareness, build community, and create change’ ( Asexual identities have been historically marginalised and invisible in everyday life, and there is still much work to do to improve ace visibility and acceptance.

One of our key priorities in the library is advancing human-centred and inclusive knowledge systems and spaces. This includes promoting diverse voices in our collection, working to make our spaces safe and welcoming for everyone, and hosting events and activities that allow people to engage with a range of perspectives.

If you want to learn more about asexuality, we have a lot of fantastic resources! In our collection, you can find fiction, memoirs, nonfiction and films featuring the range of experiences of ace people.

Book covers for • Gender queer: a memoir by Maia Kobabe; colors by Phoebe Kobabe • The bone people by Keri Hulme • Loveless by Alice Oseman • Heartstopper by Alice Oseman • Is love the answer? by Uta Isaki

Memoirs, fiction and graphic novels:

Film: (A)sexual directed by Angela Tucker; produced by Big Mouth Productions

Image of book covers for Asexual Erotics, The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Sex and Sexuality, The Queer Games Avant Garde, Gender, Sex and Politics, and LGBTQAI+ Books for Children and Teens

Nonfiction, history, research and culture:

You can find more scholarship about asexuality using combinations of the following search terms in Deakin Library Search and databases:

Note: You might find that some of these terms are not used as widely in academic articles as they are in popular articles, videos, zines and so on. This is largely because subject terms in this emerging field of research are still developing.  

Find further tips and key databases on this topic by exploring the Finding Articles – Gender and Sexuality Studies LibGuide.

Do you have any further ace reading recommendations? Let us know about them, and request an item for the library’s collection.

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