The Importance Of Sex In Fiction (Or “This Cartoon Is Hot And That’s Okay”)

Drink it in folks; this may be the only time I can LEGALLY get away with showing bare breasts on this site. Source: Wikipedia

Drink it in folks; this may be the only time I can LEGALLY get away with showing bare breasts on this site.
Source: Wikipedia

So, one reader this week left a comment on my discussion of Steven Universe‘s Garnet and the purpose of her sexualized nature saying that they found the article after doing a light search to see if other people felt the same way about her. They also stated how they felt odd about being so attracted to an animated character and wanted to know if there was “something wrong” with them.

Well, to that reader and to others like them, I say to you this; No, there’s nothing wrong with you.

Sex and sexuality have been a major part of fiction since the creation of fiction. When someone invented the wall, someone else said, “not bad, but it would look better with a bunch o’ NEKKID people on it,” and created the first mural.

Arthurian lore is a great example of this. The tales of King Arthur and the likes of Sir Galahad, Sir Lancelot, Lady Guinevere, Morgan Le Fey and others are often centered around or even solely motivated by sex.

Even when the issue of censorship started coming into play, people found ways around these ‘decency laws’ to simulate and imply sex without actually showing it as a legal loophole. And thus innuendo became mainstream.

Basically, sex is a big deal in fiction because it’s something we either all do or are at least affected by; a universal constant that we can all relate to. Even asexuals are affected by the lack of desire for intercourse. That’s why asexuality is STILL a sexual orientation.

It’s for this reason that I get a little hot-headed whenever I see trolls online poking fun at people who draw erotic art, read hentai manga, or have an interest in anthropomorphism. Here are a group of people engaging in a time-honored global tradition and now they’ve come under attack by closed-minded bullies that can’t separate reality from fantasy.

Fiction is fiction and fantasy is fantasy; no healthy-minded human being will debate that. The use of fiction and fantasy is a means of self-exploration; exploration of our minds, our morals, and – indeed – our inner desires. And to this day, we have yet to find a better way to explore those notions than through fictional narrative.

Basically, if you aren’t willing to indulge in flights of fantasy – including sexual fantasy – while reading a book, watching a movie or playing a video game, why are you even bothering with a story in the first place?

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Role Models in Fiction

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I’ve… got nothing. The picture says it all.
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Hey, folks!

Instead of a regular article today (class work and other obligations are whipping my ample buttocks this week), I thought I’d ask a question of my readers.

We all need a figure to look up to and admire. When normal people in the real world just can’t do the things we want to aspire to, we look to tales of fantasy for inspiration, guidance and strength. The stories that we hear and share with one another have served as a guide to how we want to live our lives.

I would have to say my first fictional role model was one Daria Morgendorffer. When I first starting watching the show in the mid to late 90’s, I was accustomed to routine ridicule and even physical violence for being the geek of the class. Daria was the first person I could think of that was similarly ostracized from the crowd for preferring to keep to herself and think rather than blindly follow social norms without questioning them; a “Brain,” as she would call herself. I saw her as strong and realized that I needed to continue on my own path without the rest of the crowd because what worked for them – popular trends, fashion, and mindless socializing without any real communication – could not possibly work for someone like me who thought about his world a bit to much for his own good.

And that’s what I want to talk about today. What characters in fiction do you look up to? A comic book superhero? A figure from one of your childhood fairy tales? What life lessons did they teach you? Answer the poll below and comment below so we can share our stories, learn from each others icons, and feel good.