ASEXY: Part 2.2

4 May

Miss E and Caity Stardust finally finish installment 2.2 of A Fireside Chat where the discussion focuses on asexuality representation in ABC Family’s Huge.

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3 Responses to “ASEXY: Part 2.2”

  1. Maria L. May 7, 2011 at 5:48 pm #

    Haha, awesome video! Because of the brief intro on how asexuality was presented and your positive reaction given how it may have been negatively portrayed had they continued discussing asexuality, do you think sexual identities should be presented in this manner more often, informative and brief?

    • Miss E May 8, 2011 at 10:27 pm #

      Wow, good question, Maria! I think it wouldn’t be bad if that was the first way it was put on the table, in the open. I think if you let the person define themselves without room for incessant questioning, then it becomes a little more solidified. And then afterwards, the conversation can pick up where it’s no longer questioning, but rather, learning more about the person’s identity in terms of how they define it.

      But that also may be naive of me, because we all know that writers/producers have the ability to mess up any kind of queer/race/gender/sexuality/non-mainstream/etc-friendly storyline.

      Regardless, I think no matter what, what happened here in Huge is definitely an appropriate model to replicate. I think they handled this moment well.

  2. _RyanPatrick May 12, 2011 at 11:04 pm #

    I agree that the use of the term “asexual” on a cable network may be “HUGE,” but I didn’t get a positive impression of asexuality from the clip. I realize that the music from the movie ‘Phantasm’ may have randomly floated into their conversation; however, (I don’t think this was happenstance) it provided a soundtrack for the all too brief conversation. The music is forlorn and makes the asexual character seem to be deserving of our pity – the audience may wish that they could help her find the feelings that she been waiting for. And the fact that the other counselor runs away makes it appear as though an asexual person should be written off and ignored.

    Am I reading too much into this? Perhaps… but the lack of development of this aspect of her character speaks to asexuality as a dead-end and advocates for the erasure of its existence.

    (I LOVE the Blair Witch reference!)

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