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So, I had another nightmare last night. I think it has to do with the fact that there is a JERK on the INTERNET whom I don't want to link to because A) he will make you sad, and B) jerks don't deserve more internet traffic. So instead of being :/ at the jerk and my parent's insensitive comments; WELCOME HOME, I thought I would respond to this post instead (WARNING: The background gif is kind of disturbing; I will try to include all relevant parts of the question in my response, so hopefully you won't have to go there if you don't want to), because I always love meta about asexuality and writing and writing asexuality.

So you all know the story of the blind men and the elephant. Recently, I read an article comparing asexuality to elephants, and it reminded me of this story. And now I'm going to use it in this essay, because I think fiction is the easiest place to describe the elephant, even if you can't see it.

Why? Because so many people have written about so many different parts of the elephant already for you! Especially, I read a post about how the slash genre in unique in how it interweaves "gen" with "pr0n" to create something that actually mirrors life. (Well, at its best; you know.) How lucky I am to have people writing about the elephant for me all the time! And not just the boring parts of the elephant, but the more obscure and yet relevant parts of the elephant too!

So the question then becomes, can I copy them? I like to think the answer is "yes," although I also don't write things that really get into the nitty gritty of sexual relationships. So, with this as a preface, answering the questions:

Do I have any characters who are sexuals?
Yes! Most people in the world are, so I think it would be kind of disingenuous to not have any. And it's not just that I'm a fanfiction writer; actually the total self-insert character I made up for a Star Trek RPG turned out at least demi, if not straight!

Do I find it difficult to picture their sexual attractions?
Honestly, yes. I have to put a lot of effort into keeping them themselves. But then, I have to do that with a lot of their character traits that are different from mine. So, I just look up so relevant Elephant Descriptions if I get stuck :Db

What is the ratio of sexual:asexual characters I have?
Well, my situation is complicated by the fact that I don't have terribly many original characters. But then, I also sometimes make characters asexual for no reason than I felt like it, so. I would guess I come in around the 1% reality-esque mark, but I can't be bothered to do the stats (GASP I must be depressed!), so.

How much emphasis do I put on the sexuality of these characters?
I write a lot of requests, so.... a lot. That said, I'm kind of surprised myself, but I apparently have 47 gen fics out of 120 fics. Although, now that I look at them, not all of them are implication-free. Maybe only 1/3-1/2 are really, honestly gen and only gen. So, yeah. That said, I think I've only written, like, 5 kisses, so, I guess a lot in that it exists, not so much in seeing it in action.

Anything else?
Dude, honestly, I think writing the sexual characters is the easy part! The aces, on the other hand... That is the jungle to which we must take our writerly machetes and hack our way through until we find... whatever you want to use as a metaphor instead of elephants. :Db

And now, I will go back to be anti-social/borderline sick/depressed/useless :Db
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