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Asexual Character Bill of Rights

Amendment I

An asexual character shall not believe themselves to be broken, nor may any other positively characterized person perceive them as broken. Asexuality shall not be described as a deficit, a medical issue, a childish trait, or an excuse to avoid sex.

Asexuality shall be understood as a fully realized identity. 

Amendment II

An asexual character shall not begin to feel sexual attraction as a mark of growth, nor shall they begin to feel sexual attraction because they have found a partner whom they love. Sexual attraction shall not appear or disappear due to any action or event.

Amendment III

Asexual characters have the right to sex. Asexuality does not always mean a complete lack of sexual attraction; it is a spectrum. Even so, asexual characters are not necessarily opposed to sex even though they don’t feel attraction.

Amendment IV

An asexual character shall not be opposed to love or romance, they are to have relationships that do not include sex. No asexual character shall avoid relationships because of their asexuality. Any asexual character may have a second identity detailing gender preference or lack thereof, but it shall not negate the asexual identity.

Amendment V

No character shall be written as asexual because they are too busy for sex or feel more strongly about something other than a relationship. If such a character exists, it shall be made clear that either 

  1. They are not asexual, or 
  2. They are asexual not because of this trait but because it is their identity
Amendment VI

No character shall be written as asexual because they are not human, including alien, robot, unidentified species, etc.  If such a character exists, it shall be made clear that either 

  1. They are asexual not because of their species but because it is their identity, or
  2. They are not the only asexual character and any other asexual character has full rights as established in this document.
Amendment VII

No writer shall write an asexual as more intelligent and/or less emotional than other characters. If such a character exists, it shall be made clear that either 

  1. They are more intelligent and/or less emotional not because of their asexuality, but for another stated reason, or
  2. They are not the only asexual character and any other asexual character has full rights as established in this document.
Amendment VIII

An asexual character shall not be the villain of a story, nor the antagonist, nor shall their asexuality be written as a negative character trait. If a villain or antagonist is asexual, it must be clear that either

  1. Their asexuality is a humanizing and sympathetic character trait, not a dehumanizing or villainizing trait, or
  2. Their asexuality is not related to their backstory or their becoming an antagonist, rather it is an identity separate from their perceived or actual alignment.
Amendment IX

A character’s asexuality shall be explicitly stated within the cannon, either in describing the label’s application to a character or in using the label. A character’s asexuality shall not be defined only by Word of God.

Amendment X

There shall be no exclusion from the requirements in this document for writers who themselves identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Pansexual, Transgender, Nonbinary, Queer, or Asexual. All writers regardless of sexual or gender identity shall be bound by this document.

 

 

 

Notes: 

  1. Amendment IV applies only in media in which relationships are shown.
  2. Amendment VI, VIII, and X also apply to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Pansexual, Transgender, Queer, and Nonbinary characters and should be applied accordingly.

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