Asexuality in Television and Film: Explicit Mentions (a reference post)

First, a quick explanation: This list is specifically of explicit, canonical mentions of asexuality in film or television; anything with an explicit mention of the word “asexual” is included, whether it’s a good example of actual asexuality or not. Instances of possible asexuality that are hinted at but not explicit (a.k.a. Sherlock, Sheldon) are not included here. Also, nonfiction works like the (A)sexual documentary have not been included.

(For some examples of characters in other forms of media like books and webcomics see this post)

Asexuality in Film:

The Olivia Experiment – an indie film featuring a main character (Olivia) who is questioning her (a)sexuality (but still remains undecided/in a “gray area” at the end of the film). Also includes an “asexual support” group, with some unfortunate stereotypes but a nice amount of explicitly identified asexuals (the treatment of the main character – especially in the latter half of the movie – is much better, in my opinion, but is less explicitly about asexuality). (*Note: currently only available at occasional screenings; public release expected sometime later this year)

Trailer is available to watch here

Asexuality in Television:

Shortland Street – (episode 4029/4030 and on). Character Gerald Tippet is questioning his lack of sexual desire in his relationship with his girlfriend, discovers asexuality and starts exploring it over the next season(s). It’s a soap opera, so there’s definite over dramatization of things, but overall pretty accurate representation otherwise. Also includes an asexual meetup group with several other asexual characters later.

most clips from the asexuality story arc are available here.

Sirens – (haven’t seen this one yet, so I can’t provide much info, but includes an out asexual character as of a few weeks ago. Will update this as soon as I have a chance to watch it!) This series is also currently airing, so go watch it!

Here’s some gifs: one, two, three.

House (see season 8, episode 9: “A better half”) – Wilson gets an asexual patient married to another asexual, House claims he can disprove her asexuality because anyone with no sexual desire is “sick, dead, or lying”; episode ends with her husband having a brain tumor that suppresses his desire, and her revealing she lied about her asexuality for 10 years to be with him. Explicit but absolutely horrible representation.

Collection of some of the major moments here, with a response from the author of the episode

Huge (see season 1, episode 5) – Poppy, one of the camp counselors, comes out as asexual when talking to another counselor about how she can’t relate to things like romance movies (while the campers are watching a twilight parody). Unfortunately, the topic isn’t really brought up again and the show was cancelled a few episodes later.

Clip from the coming out scene

 The Gayest Show Ever – Canadian comedy sketch show which included a series of short spots about an mixed orientation couple (one asexual, one lesbian). (TW: possible implications of some iffy consent issues in part 2)

-Available on youtube: part 1, part 2, part 3

Divorce (starting with episode 2, season 2) –  Dutch-language television show featuring an out asexual character and an asexual meetup group. I haven’t seen it, but see Tristiferre’s post here.

Know of anything I’ve forgotten? Leave a note in the comments!

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About Sennkestra

I'm an aromantic asexual and a bit of an [a]sexuality nerd, recently graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in linguistics. When I'm not reading stuff on the internet I like to cook fancy food, watch anime, and make costumes and other arts and crafts projects.
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6 Responses to Asexuality in Television and Film: Explicit Mentions (a reference post)

  1. Mark says:

    Reblogged this on Mark Carrigan.

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  5. My new book Make Much Of Me is coming out on Thanksgiving, and one of the main character’s best friends, Jo Morrison, is asexual. She ends up in a queerplatonic relationship with a bisexual woman of color, who she later persuades her parents to adopt. She doesn’t angst about being asexual, and being ace actually helps her keep her head when her other friends are distracted to the point of complete immobility by a burlesque dancer.

  6. Layla says:

    WELL I AM GLAD I DIDN’T WATCH HOUSE ANY FURTHER *turns into a pillar of salt*

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