Coming Up Aces: The Need for Better Asexual Representation in Games

FemHype

Mass Effect

Author’s Note: This article is not intended as an introduction to asexuality. If you are unfamiliar with asexuality or would like to brush up on your understanding before reading this article, please check out Asexuality 101 and the Asexuality definition on AVEN for more information.

When I was growing up, I believed I was broken. On some fundamental level, I was irreparably damaged and somehow less human than my peers because I had absolute no interest in or desire for sex. Teens and sex are often (very problematically) paired like peanut butter and jelly. Most people find it hard to talk about their experiences as teens without at least briefly mentioning their first forays into sexuality. Similarly, sex is seen as a rite of passage into adulthood, and people who haven’t engaged in sex after a certain age are often viewed as somehow still infantile—less knowledgeable about the world and…

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