Whenever there are discussions regarding good representation in mass media productions, there’s always one clever sod who jams their hand right up in the air and posits, usually in a smug tone, that representation doesn’t matter because people should be able to see themselves in all sorts of characters. These people are usually the first to pitch a fit if a protagonist is anything other than The Usual Archetype of White/Straight/Cis/Male (because of course they are), but in their rush to defend the viciousness of their knee-jerk reaction to the latest person of colour cast in Star Wars they deliberately miss the point that mass media is everywhere, all around us, injected into us at an increasingly intimate angle as algorithms take over the way it’s introduced to us, and ultimately informs our world view – even as it shouldn’t.
Hi, I’m Becka. I’m a millennial, and I’m asexual/aromantic. Let’s talk about the meshing of those things for a hot minute, shall we?Continue reading “Asexuality & Me: Why Representation Is Important, Actually”