23 May 2017 @ 07:20 am
 
I wrote a little ficlet on Sunday, a Poe/Finn story about them getting together (because that never gets old). I wrote Poe as asexual - mostly because there is a pervasive stereotype of him in fandom as some kind of "Latin lover" which I wanted to undermine. And I wrote Finn as someone figuring out what this new world is in the Resistance and what he likes and doesn't like and wants to try.

I got a comment on the story yesterday from someone who didn't like the story and who said "This just seemed like a way of expressing your wish for Poe to be asexual in some angsty way." Which is fascinating. There is no angst in the story - Poe's not apologetic about being asexual, and Finn doesn't press him to be. They just figure things out.

But doesn't it say volumes that the mere presence of asexuality in a story makes someone talk about angst? As if being asexual means you are automatically tortured about it?

Let me say I am a very happy asexual person :D. Like Poe, I don't feel I have anything to apologize for, nor do I feel I'm missing out on anything. I'm so content. And it's a shame that people can't wrap their heads around such a thing.
 
 
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Noora[personal profile] adelate on May 23rd, 2017 03:25 pm (UTC)
expressing your wish for Poe to be asexual
Veering slightly to the side of what you were saying, this was interesting to me too, because isn't fic mostly about writing what we feel like the characters are or what we wish they were about? I mean, it's highly unlikely Finn/Poe on Star Wars will ever be canon, so isn't any slash fic (with sex) with Finn/Poe an expression of a wish for them to be super gay for each other, or whatever? I don't see why Poe's asexuality would have to be any different from that.
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sheafrotherdon[personal profile] sheafrotherdon on May 23rd, 2017 08:53 pm (UTC)
You make an excellent point! Thank you for that :D
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just another fork-tongued dragon lady: avatar: sibling love[personal profile] glass_icarus on May 23rd, 2017 08:44 pm (UTC)
a) All the yes to asexuality != angst, but also b) wish-fulfillment is literally what fandom is for, so I don't understand this objection? *g*

♥!
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sheafrotherdon[personal profile] sheafrotherdon on May 23rd, 2017 08:54 pm (UTC)
You're totally right! I wish I had thought of that when I replied to this person :D
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sasha_feather[personal profile] sasha_feather on May 24th, 2017 03:55 am (UTC)
Commenters are really frelling weird sometimes.
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sheafrotherdon[personal profile] sheafrotherdon on May 25th, 2017 05:26 pm (UTC)
Ain't that the truth!
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perspi: for Pete's sake[personal profile] perspi on May 25th, 2017 05:25 pm (UTC)
WHAAAT.

In other news, I really adored that little ficlet. :D
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sheafrotherdon[personal profile] sheafrotherdon on May 25th, 2017 05:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you, love! :D
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