The Representation of Asexuality in Popular Media
The representation of asexuality in popular media has evolved significantly over the years. Unfortunately, for a long time, there was no positive representation of asexuality, as asexual people were often portrayed as robots, villains, or anti-social eccentrics. Though there have been some positive strides that have been made in the last few years, there is still a long way to go before asexuality is properly represented.
Early Representations of Asexuality
Early representations of asexuality in popular media centered on false stereotypes. Asexual people were often depicted as unfeeling robots, emotionless killers, or mad scientists with no capacity for love or intimacy. These misrepresentations caused asexual people to be viewed as defective or deficient, causing asexual people to feel invalidated and overlooked.
The representation of asexuality in popular media has changed significantly in recent years. Though there is still a long way to go, asexual people have become more accurately portrayed in television shows, books, and movies. Here are some examples of recent representions of asexuality in popular media:
- Lua in the Netflix show, ‘Sex Education’
- Josie in the graphic novel series, ‘Archie’
- Katherine in the Netflix show, ‘Chambers’
Each of these characters are portrayed in a more positive light than the false stereotypes of the past, and they provide a space for asexual people to be seen and understood.
Overall, the representation of asexuality in popular media has improved greatly over the years. While there is still a long way to go before asexuality is properly represented in all forms of media, the strides that have been made so far are very encouraging.