Recently, there has been a lot of discussion about the interaction between the asexual and aromantic communities. Following our review of extant aro community surveys, we contribute to the discussion by reviewing the information we have about aromantic and aromantic-spectrum respondents to the 2017 Ace Community Survey.
Although our survey recruits from asexual communities rather than aromantic communities, we are able to gather information about people on the aromantic spectrum, including some allosexual people. Some of our important findings are as follows:
- Compared to aro community surveys, our survey finds a larger number of gray-(a)romantic, demiromantic, lithromantic, and quoiromantic people as compared to aromantic people.
- Among our respondents, people on the aromantic spectrum were more likely to be non-binary. Allosexual people (regardless of romantic orientation) were more likely to be men.
- People on the aromantic spectrum, especially those who were also on the asexual spectrum, were less likely to have had romantic relationships. Allosexual people on the aromantic spectrum were more likely to have non-romantic significant relationships, and to be polyamorous.
- Both the asexual or aromantic spectrums are negatively correlated with sexual activity.
- On average, allosexual people have a higher sex drive, and higher frequency of sexual fantasies, masturbation, and porn consumption, regardless of romantic orientation.
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The 2019 survey is now closed! Thanks to all who participated!
It’s that time of year again – we are now recruiting participants for the Ace Community Survey!
The Ace Community Survey, run by the Ace Community Survey Team, collects valuable information on the demographics and experiences of members in the ace community, including asexual, demisexual, gray-asexual, and related identities. It is the largest survey of ace communities and creates a valuable pool of data for future ace community activists and researchers.
This year, we are working in conjunction with Dr. Lauren Beach from the Institute for Gender and Sexual Minority Health and Wellbeing at Northwestern University. Our collaboration will help further research into health disparities of sexual minority groups.
The survey is open to anyone: ace, non-ace, or still questioning. As long as you are 13 years of age or older we want to hear from you! We want to get a wide variety of responses from as many parts of the community as possible, so we encourage you to share this link with any other potentially interested individuals you know or any ace communities you participate in.
Click here to take the 2019 Ace Community Survey:
You will be able to view any published results from the survey at asexualcensus.wordpress.com. If you would like to receive an automatic email update when new results or announcements are posted, you can subscribe here.
For answers to common questions about the survey, please see the FAQ here.
“Aromantic” is an identity that is often defined as lacking romantic attraction. There is also an aromantic spectrum (often shortened to “arospec”, “aro”, or occasionally, “aromantic”), which includes many aromantic-related identities such as greyromantic, quoiromantic, and lithromantic. While aro people have long existed in ace communities, in recent years there has been growing interest in the aromantic spectrum as an independent entity. In particular, there are communities that are centered around aro identities, and which strive to include aromantic people who are not on the asexual spectrum.
The Ace Community Survey Team is interested in serving aro communities, especially where our existing infrastructure makes us uniquely capable of doing so. However, we must first recognize the survey work that aro communities have already done. Our goal is to: a) highlight notable aro community surveys that have published results, b) state some of the basic results, and c) identify topics that interest the creators of these surveys.
We are pleased to announce that raw data from the 2018 ace community census is now available for researchers wishing to perform additional analysis!
If you are a researcher and would like to request a copy of the raw data, please fill out the new data request form here. Raw data from 2014-2017 is also available.
If you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When we grant researchers access to the Asexual Community Survey data, we also provide them with a guide that explains the survey methodology, data processing, as well as notable issues they should be aware of. This guide has been updated, and is now available to the public.
Guide to the Asexual Community Survey Data
Researchers who are interested in survey data access should fill out this form.
Content note: explicit descriptions of sexual violence, including rape.
The Asexual Community Survey has asked questions related to sexual violence since 2015. In the 2018 survey, we expanded these questions in order to more closely match those in the 2010 Summary Report on the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS) produced by the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Although the CDC’s definitions of sexual violence are publicly available in the NISVS report, few lay people would sift through over a hundred pages in order to find them. The lack of easily accessible information concerns us, because it deprives some victims of tools they need to understand their own experiences. The goal of this article is to explain the CDC categories and their use in the 2018 Asexual Community Survey.
Disclaimer: Some readers may be surprised by how their personal experiences are classified by the CDC. We will not tell anyone that they are wrong to classify their personal experiences in any particular way, and readers are free to view the CDC’s definitions as imperfect, incomplete, or incorrect. Even if readers agree with the definitions, they may find some other description of their personal experiences to be more salient.
We are no longer accepting more volunteers. Thank you all!
The Ace Community Survey Team is currently looking for new volunteers, particularly people with programming or writing skills, as we try to work on our backlog of data and get out more analysis to the public.
The Survey Team is responsible for designing and releasing the Ace Community Survey each year. The Asexual Community Survey is one of the biggest data sources of quantitative data about asexual-spectrum people, which also means there is a lot of work to be done analyzing it.
The major roles that we currently need volunteers for are:
- Basic analysis of survey data
- We use Python for most analysis, but even people without experience in Python can learn how to use it.
- Exploratory analysis of survey data
- We need curious people who can analyze data, and produce results that are of interest to the ace community.
- Improving code infrastructure
- We’d like to further streamline our data analysis by writing more user-friendly code.
- Reading and interpreting text responses
- In many places, survey respondents have the option to write text responses to questions, and these responses need to be interpreted! No programming ability is necessary, but you must be familiar with ace concepts and terminology.
- Writing reports
- Even when the analysis is done, we still need to summarize the results.
- Translation of reports into other languages
- In order to make our reports more accessible to speakers of other languages, we’d like to translate them. This is especially helpful for languages spoken by people with low English fluency.
If you’re unclear on the details, don’t worry, as we do training to help people understand the ins and outs of the survey.
Time commitments are flexible depending on your availability at any given part of the year, but we recommend setting aside at least 4-5 hours a month to do work on your own time, plus an hour for monthly team meetings.
If you’re interested, please fill out this form by the end of November, and allow 1-2 weeks for a response. (If you fill out the form at a later date, the response may be slower.) If you’d like more information, you may contact us at email@example.com.
The 2018 Survey is still open for responses! To ensure that you have a chance to respond to it before it closes, we advise that you take it before November 15th.