Tag Archives: asexuality

A Week in Asexual Characters – Céline

Claudie Arseneault/ October 28, 2017/ Characters, Writing/ 0 comments

tw sexual coercion, sexual assault, discussion of corrective rape in this post. Today’s character is in a tiny piece of writing I did, which appeared in Circuits & Slippers, an anthology of sci-fi fairy tales retellings. I’m not big on fairy tales, so I cheated and retold a legend from Québec in which the MC is a magnetic skater who travels away

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A Week in Asexual Characters – The Spinster (Denise Jalbert)

Claudie Arseneault/ October 27, 2017/ Baker Thief, Characters, Projects, Writing/ 0 comments

Today’s post is a little different from the others, in that I am reposting something I wrote for the Patreon tied to reclaiming tropes. It is framed as talking about aromanticism, since the Spinster is a Baker Thief character, a novel with an aro lead, but this old crone stereotype is very much an ace thing too, and Denise Jalbert

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A Week in Asexual Characters – Brune

Claudie Arseneault/ October 26, 2017/ Characters, City of Spires, Projects, Writing/ 0 comments

So by now I have written characters that feel naturally ace, characters that counter ace-related tropes, and a lot of smaller incidental ace characters that are fun and remind me I exist everywhere. But. What I have yet to do is properly reclaim some of the nastiest tropes. Or, well, it would be more accurate to say I have not

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A Week in Asexual Characters – Cal

Claudie Arseneault/ October 24, 2017/ Characters, City of Spires, Community, Writing/ 0 comments

Unlike Henry and Nevian, Cal is a character I decided to make aroace. Isandor has existed for a long time, and there were multiple instances of me stopping, looking at my cast, and considering how I could make it more diverse. What could I change? What would it affect and how would it ripple out? How did it modify backstory,

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Asexuality and Death and Other Associations

Claudie Arseneault/ January 9, 2017/ Books, Characters, Community, Personal, Writing/ 1 comments

I’m used to asexual and aromantic characters being the villains. Pegging down a lack of attraction or love as inhuman and evil is an old tradition still well alive in stories, especially SFF. We have for a long time painted villains as people unable to comprehend love and celebrated romance as a staple of humanity, in addition to describing a

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