Asexuality in fiction.
Sex is prevalent in many novels but what about it’s opposite, asexuality?
Some say Sherlock Holmes is the greatest known asexual protagonist in modern literature. That may be so but aside from ‘ol-Sherlock, what else is there to read?
Before we leave that offering at your feet, let’s be open and say SEETHINGS does have sex written into it. In fact, SEETHINGS is downright dripping in erotic content. This is because asexuality exists in part of the narrative that our protagonist breaks off and goes the other way.
What is asexuality you ask? Just in case you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t caught up with this sexuality-type, in simple terms, asexuality in humans is no sex. It’s a little different to the definition I was taught at school. Asexual creatures were those that didn’t need a partner to reproduce offspring. They could make babies all by themselves. Asexuality in humans isn’t like that. It’s more a hardwired genetic variance that removes the need for sex entirely. Intercourse is not required for asexuals. (There are variations to asexual lifestyles)
Some sceptics say that it’s a product of a bad sexual experience or not being able to find the right person to enjoy good sex with but if you read into the darkest corners of the web you’ll find many asexuals who don’t agree. It just comes down to not switching on, ever, for any reason!
This is not to be confused with low libido or falling out of love. That’s another thing. This is why asexuality can be so hard to identify. Most of us assume everyone has the capacity to fall in love and enjoy wholesome sex. But asexuality is the opposite. It’s real. It happens. Asexuality happens far more often than the explanations given to pass it off for something else. Swap the word for Gay or Lesbian and you’ll have a better understanding of it’s relative position in the sexual landscape.
Similary, what would happen if a heterosexual man married an asexual woman who hasn’t yet come out of the closet? They each grow up in normal families and love each other deeply. They dream of a perfect life and each have made sacrifices to make it work. It’s just that… sex is out.
SEETHINGS is asexuality in fiction. As said above, it’s not exactly a non-sexual novel, quite the opposite, it’s because our leading lady can’t go there that the ride gets wild for her spouse… in more ways than one, some dangerously deadly!
Kind Regards, Michael Forman (Author of SEETHINGS)
‘Forman’s writing style is artful, with the protagonist Mitchell’s warped thought processes masterfully exposed. The author has a powerful and vivid command of language and his word pictures are stark and disturbingly real.’ – Linda J Bettenay, author of ‘Secrets Mothers Keep’ and ‘Wishes For Starlight’