Preliminary Findings from the 2014 AVEN Community Census

Just in time to wrap up Asexual Awareness Week, preliminary results from the census are now available!

The Preliminary Findings Report is a brief summary of some of the raw data from the survey, to give you an early glimpse of some of the results – it doesn’t contain finalized numbers and it doesn’t address all topics from the survey, but it should be just enough to whet your appetite for more!

Over the next several weeks, we will also begin posting some more shorter snippets of analysis here in the form of blog posts, eventually culminating in the release of a complete Summary of Findings in a couple months.

Also, many thanks to everyone who took the survey! We couldn’t have done it without you.

Identity in the AVEN Census and AVENes Survey of 2014

Originally posted in Spanish in Chrysocolla Town’s blog. It was translated by the author and posted here with permission.

Here we have an attempt to compare the AVEN Community Census 2014 and the AVENes Survey 2014 for asexuals, regarding asexual identities, gender identities, and romantic orientations. And I say attempt because, although some data may be comparable, a big chunk isn’t since the instruments didn’t ask the same questions (in form or substance), didn’t give the same response options, nor were they aimed at the same populations.

My original idea was to wait until the results of the 2015 surveys before writing about identity diversity in the asexual community, but that’s going to take months and I’m racing against time here, so I made this quick review on what I was most interested with what data I had.

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Take the 2015 Ace Community Census!

Click here to take the 2015 Ace Community Census!

The 2015 ace community census is now available – check it out via the link above!

This ace community census is open to anyone over the age of 13, including both aces and non-aces. It will require approximately 15-20 minutes of your time to complete and will be open until November 15th, after which point no more entries will be accepted.

If you have any questions or concerns about the survey, you can contact the AVEN survey team at asexualcensus@gmail.com or leave a comment on this post, and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

And of course, please help spread the word!

Thanks!

-the AVEN Survey Team

Transgender and assigned sex

Question:  How many people in the ace community are transgender, and how many are a different gender from the one assigned at birth?

“Transgender” is sometimes defined as having a gender which is distinct from the sex assigned at birth (SAAB). However, this definition fails on a large scale, particularly among people who neither identify as women nor men (non-binary people).  We already know from previous surveys that the ace community is dominated by women and non-binary people.  What remains is an analysis of SAAB and trans identity.

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Sexuality and Sexual politics

Question: How is one’s sexuality related to one’s sexual politics?

Asexuality refers to personal experiences, and not whether they think there’s too much sex in society.  But unsurprisingly, personal experiences and attitudes can be correlated.  Here we seek to identify which aspects of sexuality are correlated with political attitudes, and explore those connections. Continue reading

Mini History Lesson: Previous Asexual Community Surveys

The 2014 AVEN Community Census was far from the first asexual community survey to be conducted. Asexual community surveys have been conducted at least as far back as 2008.  Here we present a brief history lesson on various surveys, and what we learned from them.  If you’re just interested in the results, see the end of the post. Continue reading