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Hi! I am writing a completely asexual character in a sidhe/fair folk setting. I am struggling to maintain balance between him being comfortable with it and not seing it as something that needs to be "cured" and yet being in part embittered since a) sex is a very powerful magic tool in the setting b) he is under *enormous* societal pressure to attempt procreating. I've gone over some asexuality sources but i fear I am still being offensive; is there any helping it? Much appreaciated!

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Whoa this sounds like a super cool concept?? I would read this??

(I don’t totally know what you mean by ‘completely asexual’ though? Like, d’you mean aro and ace? Someone who’s asexual and sex repulsed? Someone who’s demisexual and really hardcore about it? An asexual person that won’t have sex even when offered cool magic powers? There are as many ways to be asexual as there are asexual people, so I don’t really know what ‘completely asexual’ would mean!)

Aright okay, okay. My expert opinion is kinda limited since I only consider myself something like a tin or copper star ace, and obviously I don’t speak for everybody, but lemme tell you what I think. 

Everyone exists on a sort of sliding scale of how comfortable with themselves they are. Think of, say, looks for example. Even if you’re happy with your physical appearance, some days you’ll just think ‘wow, I look like a crusted over piece of snot in a beached seal’s nose’, put on a dirty tee shirt, and feel unattractive (and vice versa). I think how confident in ourselves we are can really depend on the situation, and how we’re feeling at that moment. 

So, from what I can tell from this message, your character actually sounds pretty normal for his situation! If people are constantly telling him that he’s broken, it’s not surprising if sometimes he’s forced to wonder if he is broken. And what a pain it’d be that the magic is totally set up against him! I think that, under the circumstances, him being able to be mostly comfortable with himself and think that there’s nothing wrong with him most of the time probably took some work and courage. Which is pretty relatable! Between hyper-sexualized media, parents making passive-aggressive remarks about never being grandparents, and being told that they ‘just haven’t found the right person’ in the real world, I’m sure asexual humans could sympathize with an asexual character doing their best to be comfortable with themselves in what sounds like possibly an even more adverse setting. 

In summary: Just your character normally feeling happy and good with their identity but being frustrated with a world that’s stacked against them isn’t offensive- if anything, it’s pretty realistic. Where you could fall into trouble is how you handle the situation and your writing. Sliding into clichés or stereotypes, or framing your writing to make it seem like there IS something wrong with him would be a problem. You get what I’m getting at? The setup isn’t inherently problematic at all, far as I can tell- so what will make or break the book is how you write it. So write your book the best you can, for starters! Then, you can ask some people to read it over and give you their impressions. If there are problematic elements that they point out, you can then fix them. You’ll probably fuck up some- but rather than not writing about it because you’re worried you’ll fuck it up, why not go ahead and do it, and then correct yourself and learn from where you fucked up in the first drafts? 

Go for it! 

-Evvy

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What’s the girl version of “bros before hoes”?

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thank you once again

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AH WHEN WILL THEY END

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EVEN MORE OMFG

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I regret making this post. My inbox is filled with these now lol

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It’s like you didn’t even try