an alternate list of things about asexuality that should be represented
- ace people who have always known they are ace and are happy with it
- ace people who thought they were allo and came to realize they weren’t later in life and had a difficult time adjusting their self-image
- ace people who went through all of that and came to terms with their sexuality and are content and try to comfort other ace-spectrum people
- ace people in relationships with each other that are no less romantic for not being sexual
- ace people in relationships with non-ace people having conversations about consent and boundaries and comfort levels
- ace people in poly relationships
- supportive allo partners who defend their ace SO from people who denigrate their relationship because it doesn’t involve sex
- ace people who have sex and their reasons for it (important to partner and they don’t mind; like giving other people pleasure; like the physical sensations; whatever - just - explore motivations and show a variety of them)
- ace people who have close platonic relationships as well as romantic ones, to demonstrate that the differentiation between the two isn’t just sex
there are so, so, so many things about asexuality that should be represented and we don’t need to lead every post about it with ‘AND ACE PEOPLE HAVE SEX TOO’ like the ways in which some of us are the same are more important than the ways in which we are different.
My Least Favorite Trope (and this post will include spoilers for The Lego Movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Matrix, Western Civilization, and—cod help me—Bulletproof Monk*.) is the thing where there’s an awesome, smart, wonderful, powerful female character who by all rights ought to be the Chosen One and the hero of the movie, who is tasked with taking care of some generally ineffectual male character who is, for reasons of wish fulfillment, actually the person the film focuses on. She mentors him, she teaches him, and she inevitably becomes his girlfriend… and he gets the job she wanted: he gets to be the Chosen One even though she’s obviously far more qualified. And all he has to do to get it and deserve it is Man Up and Take Responsibility.
And that’s it. Every god-damned time. The mere fact of naming the films above and naming the trope gives away the entire plot and character arc of every single movie.
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The thrilling sequel to my mom’s Smash Bros. antics has arrived! This time around my 81 year old grandma takes a shot at trying to name the entire Super Smash Bros. 4 roster, and unfortunately she also mistakes Wii Fit Trainer for Elvis. For all the references she makes more relevant to her generation I also added a side image for reference. I hope everyone enjoys this just as much (if not more) than my mom’s.
“If you really believe that representation doesn’t matter, then why the fuck are you threatened by it? If not seeing yourself depicted in stories has no negative psychological impact - if the breakdown of who we see on screen has no bearing on wider social issues - then what would it matter if nine stories out of ten were suddenly all about queer brown women? No big, right? It wouldn’t change anything important; just a few superficial details. Because YOU can identify with ANYONE.
So I guess the problem is that you just don’t want to. Because deep down, you think it’ll make stories worse. And why is that? Oh, yeah: because it means they wouldn’t all be about YOU.”