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Melt (Guest) April 4th, 2015, 10:17 pm

This is so good!! And sad! I adore the art and the way you stack insults in a visual way.

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Tijopi11 April 4th, 2015, 10:18 pm

Wow, as someone who identifies as being asexual, this is a pretty emotional comic to me. Like everyone else has said, there's not a lot of comics or...ANYTHING really that spreads awareness about asexuality. I can say this comic is really spot-on to how it actually feels.

The worst part for me is how the world seems to absolutely glorify nothing but sex, romance, and love. All the good stories are about love, its all over ads, it's all over the media, it's everyone's favorite thing to talk about. And to me, I can't fathom what it must be like. They size it up like I'm missing THE most important and joyous thing about life ever. I feel totally left out because of it- like I'm missing out on some big part of life and can't do anything about it.

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Mohimi April 5th, 2015, 7:58 am

@Tijopi11: I believe everyone is able to experience love. It may not be the kind of love that you'd feel for a partner in a relationship or marriage, or lust that makes you sexually attracted to another person. There is platonic love that you feel for your family and/or friends, the kind of love that also makes you want to be there for them and support them. I believe platonic love is just as great to feel for another being as the other forms of love. Life does not revolve around romance or having a relationship and getting married, life is whatever you want to make out of it and to find those who make you feel happy and at home. No one can tell you otherwise that you're strange or weird for not following the "normal" route in life by getting married and having kids.

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annanndstann April 5th, 2015, 2:09 pm

yay for protective big sis

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xLightsOutx April 5th, 2015, 3:20 pm

@melt: thank you so much!!

@Tijopi11: i soo hear you. it's incredibly frustrating being bombarded by these concepts incessantly. like, i think romantic stories and stories that involve sex are fine, but dang it would be nice to also have stories that don't revolve around those things. i feel incredibly left out too. like i can't understand or relate to those things at all and it makes me feel super ostracized. the amount of stories that DON'T emphasize romantic love and/or sex are so minimal that i could probably count them on one hand lmao 8/
p.s. you should look into aromanticism! along with being asexual, it sounds like you are also describing being aromantic :^)

@Mohimi: the things that you said are very true! but it is undeniable that our society puts a MASSIVE amount of emphasis on romantic love. like holy shit. so much emphasis on it. i think it's honestly hard to comprehend how much emphasis is put on it unless you are aromantic and are overwhelmed by the pressure to engage in romantic love 24/7. like listen to the radio for a while and name ONE song that does not focus on love or sex. it is that strong of an emphasis in our culture. it is impossible for someone who is asexual and/or aromantic to NOT feel weird in a society like this. the amount of hatred, disgust, or denial that an asexual and/or aromantic person faces due to simply being who they are is like. dang. really bad. platonic love is soooo important, especially for someone who is aromantic, but that doesn't mean that our society understands or accepts someone who only engages in platonic relationships. it's honestly naive to deny that. truly, with all of my heart, i do not believe that an aromantic person is weird for not getting married etc etc. but the amount of times that i have been told that i am weird/confused/a freak/etc for being aromantic is mind-boggling. it's easy to say that what other people say doesn't matter, but i gotta tell ya, when you've been told that you're a freak of nature your entire life, it fucking hurts. you can only face that kind of hatred for so long before it wears on you. that's the point of this comic though, u know? trying to educate and familiarize people with these concepts so that hopefully one day we live in a society where ace/aro people do not face these kinds of insults for simply existing.
(THIS IS SUCH A LONG RESPONSE?? DOES THIS MAKE ANY SENSE??? LMAO IM SO SRRY)

@annanndstann: protective sisters are literally the greatest ever. don't know what i would do without mine whahaha.

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Stankard Toohy (Guest) January 9th, 2017, 9:22 am

@xLightsOutx
This is a super late response, so you might not see it. To preface this, I'm asexual but androromantic, so I may not be the best word when when talking about the aromantic side of things. For me, I grew up with intense physical abuse (from peers, not family) to the point where as a fifth grader I had learned how to hold my own in a fist fight with people twice my age. I clearly recall the first time I fought back. A high schooler had my armed pinned behind my back and my hair in his fist. He kept bashing my head against the brick wall and threatening to break my arm. I still don't know why I was picked out for that kind of bullying, but needless to say, it toughened me up a bit. When I found out I was asexual, I first decided to come out to my mother. That was when the emotional abuse started. I guess after the years of beatings, the emotional side of things didn't seem as bad. With every insult, I just put myself back against that brick wall and told myself that I fought out of that so I can fight out of this.

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xLightsOutx January 16th, 2017, 9:19 pm

@Stankard Toohy: eh, speaking as someone who has survived both physical and emotional abuse, i don't think it's really okay to downplay emotional abuse haha ;;;; it's definitely equally as bad, just in a different way.