I need more stories with characters that are blatantly, unapologetically aromantic or asexual. Or anywhere on the aro/ace-spectrums, really.
Not “This character hasn’t shown attraction to anyone so maybe they could be aro or ace.”
Not “These characters aren’t explicitly shown having sex, so for all we know it might be a celibate relationship.”
Not “The author said it in an interview but it isn’t stated in the work itself.”
Not “The work hints at it but doesn’t use the word itself so that heteronormative audiences won’t feel threatened by it.”
Not “The character is actually gay/bi/pan, but I’ll pretend they’re asexual because I don’t want to accept their sexuality.”
Not “I don’t want to ship this character with anybody else so I’ll say they’re asexual/aromantic so I can ignore them.”
Not “We needed a way to show the character was evil / heartless / stoic / aloof / inhuman / alien, so we made the character asexual/aromantic even though that’s a stereotype.”
I need stories where the aro-ness or ace-ness is so clear the audience can’t mistake it for anything else.
I need stories for which I can say “That character is aromantic/asexual!” and not have other people tell me I’m just making it up, or not acknowledging the character’s “real” orientation, or that it’s “just my interpretation.”
That point in a piece of fanfiction where you can tell something embarrassing is about to happen so you start fucking around on tumblr because you’re a huge baby with a crippling overabudance of empathy.
I do this with every media I consume. I pause movies and have to walk around and prepare myself for second-hand embarrassment sometimes.