Note for people who are assigned this crossword puzzle: I pretty much always see search terms leading people to this page which lead me to believe that students are trying to google the answers, and while you’re totally allowed to do that I don’t think that will be any easier than using the links I gave you already. Hint: If you’re on the right page but can’t find the information you’re looking for, try doing a “find” or “search” on that page (usually Ctrl + F, I think) and typing in a word that might help you find the answer.
I suggest doing this before the reading assignment as it may help you understand some of what is in the reading packet.
You can download the crossword puzzle, clues and links in word document here.
Find the answers for the Crossword Puzzle above by filling in the blanks in this page:
Note: You’ll notice that #4 comes before #3, it used to be the other way around but it seemed easier to find #4 first so I switched the wording around but didn’t renumber the crossword puzzle, just so you know that’s not a typo.
(1D)__________ is a label which generally indicates a person who does not experience sexual attraction to anyone. A person who uses this label is talking about their sexual (2D)___________ . Very few studies which allow for people to identify as anything other than heterosexual, homosexual or bisexual have been done, but in a 1994 national probability sample of British residents, people were allowed to indicate whether they were attracted to men, women, both or (for the first time) neither. In 2004 a paper was published by (4A – last name only) ____________ which looked into the (3A)_______% of respondents to the 1994 study who indicated that they were attracted to neither men or women, looking for traits they might have in common.
Another researcher published on this subject has taken a different route in their research methods, focusing on interviewing and testing people who identify as asexual. This researcher, (5D – last name only)____________, published a paper in 2010 in the Archives of Sexual Behavior.
People who identify as asexual are also publishing their own work in the field. Two examples are (6A – last name only)______________, whose paper “Methodological Issues for Studying Asexuality” was published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior in 2009, and (7A – last name only)___________ , who presented their research at a poster session at the annual meeting of the Canadian Psychological Society in 2008 (as well as currently having a paper on asexuality in press in the Archives of Sexual Behavior).
People who identify as asexual often interact with others who identify with this label via online communities. The largest (though not the only) online community for this population—with forums in 13 languages, its own wiki dedicated to asexuality, and an extensive list of resources—is known as (8D – abbreviation) _____________. This online community was founded by (9A – first and last name)______________, who is often considered the “poster boy” for this community thanks in part to his tireless awareness building efforts, including being the main focus of the new documentary (A)sexual and many television interviews. On January 15th, 2006 he was interviewed on (10D – two words)_____________; during that interview, he said, “The point is (11D)_____ and (12A)_____ are different things.”
Great new ideas in how we conceptualize attraction and orientation have emerged from the asexual online communities, bringing with them new words and terms to describe these concepts. For instance, many people who identify as asexual still find that they are more likely to fall in love with one gender or another (or both, or neither). Many asexuals (and some people who are not asexual but who have found the language useful) identify not just by their sexual orientation but by their “(13A)_____________ orientation,” which indicates which gender they tend to fall in love with. There’s also a term which describes never experiencing any primary sexual attraction, but after being in a relationship with someone, finding that they experience secondary sexual attraction (sexual attraction which is dependent on other factors). A person who finds that they experience secondary sexual attraction only to their current partner(s) may identify as “(14D – prefix)__________-sexual.” Similarly, a person who only rarely experiences sexual attraction or finds that their level of sexual attraction to anyone is very low (but not nonexistent) may identify as “(15D – one word, two acceptable spellings)_____-a(sexual).”
A person who has become a bit of a poster girl for the asexual awareness movement is (16D – first name only)______ Ivy, who has uploaded many informative videos on the subject to YouTube which collectively have over 126,000 views. She’s best known for her series “Letters to an Asexual.”
Many people assume that those who identify as asexual, by definition must not ever have (or have had) sex, just like many people assume that individuals who identify as homosexual must necessarily only ever have (or have had) sex with individuals of the same sex (which I’m sure you already know is not necessarily true). Consequently, asexuals’ sexual practices are often misunderstood. Assigning labels based solely on sexual behavior is too simplistic for something as complex as orientation. In the same way that “gay” carries a connotation of culture and community and allows for more diversity (by being about more than strictly sexual attraction), there is a similar term for people who identify as asexual, and that is (17A)_________.
Identifying as asexual does not preclude a person from enjoying activities that other people may typically associate with sex. Being asexual is about who one is attracted to, not sexual dysfunction. Many asexuals enjoy activities such as masturbation and BDSM which are commonly associated with sex, but they aren’t personally interested in incorporating sex. There are some excellent essays about being both kinky and asexual on a blog called “(18A)_____ not (19D)_____.”
A fictional character popular with the asexual community is (20A)_____________________, whose relationship with one of his companions has been described as “a love story without shagging.”
Where to find the answers:
Note: If you’re printing this out and typing the urls into your browser, the bit.ly urls are case sensitive!
1. This AVEN Wiki entry [http://bit.ly/AVENWIKIASEXUAL]
2. This List of Existing Research [http://bit.ly/EXISTINGRESEARCH]
3. Asexuality Visibility and Education Network [http://bit.ly/ASEXUALITY]
4. (A)sexuality entry on AVEN Wiki [http://bit.ly/ASEXUALDOCUMENTARY]
5. AVEN’s Media Page [http://bit.ly/AVENVIDEOS]
6. This AVEN Wiki entry [http://bit.ly/AVENWIKIRO]
7. AVEN Wiki entry for the Rabger Model [http://bit.ly/AVENWIKIRM]
8. AVEN Wiki on variations in the asexual spectrum [http://bit.ly/AVENWIKIGA]
9. This YouTube Channel [http://bit.ly/SWANKIVYYT]
10. This AVEN Wiki Entry [http://bit.ly/AVENWIKIACE]
11. This blog with entries about identifying as both asexual and kinky [http://bit.ly/VERBSNOTNOUNS]
12. AVEN page about fictional representations of asexuality [http://bit.ly/AVENWIKIFIC]
Crossword Puzzle Tips
Note: Sometimes a wiki article or research summary will have more than one answer. I have put all of the links in the order you will want to visits the sites for finding the answers in order. The only thing I haven’t given you is how many answers there are to be found at each link (most of them have only 1 answer, no page has more than 5 answers).