I have not been posting much lately, mainly because I have just finished semester and there have been exams, study and quite a bit of some flu-like illness, which sadly came back today with a vengeance after having almost fizzled out.
Because I am a nerd who plans out her holidays with all sorts of things, I am also preparing a workshop for a student conference called Queer Collaborations being held in Sydney next week. (Well, I am trying to prepare – the sickness got in the way.) I thought I’d post the little abstract that I wrote. What do you think I should include? Anything pressing issues you can see arising?
“And he will be my Squishy”: Relationships, Asexuality and thinking beyond the reef.”
What defines a relationship?
Why are some valued more than others?
What happens when sex isn’t a part of your relationships with other people?
This workshop explores the vast sea of asexual relationships, and how they can challenge traditional relationship structures and narratives. Some of the ideas I will look at include de-centralising the role of sex in relationships, how we define romance and love, and how traditional models of doing relationships limit our understanding of the huge diversity of close connections we form in our lives.
The title I owe to one of my friends (thanks!) and is obviously inspired by this clip from the film Finding Nemo.