In some way, I have always underestimated the importance of having characters that physically resemble myself, that are like myself in interests, sexuality, etc. That’s partially because I don’t read to find myself in literature/media, and partially because media has always been a sort escape for me—it helps me become people I’m not and it takes me places I’m not. The last person I would even think to read about is myself.
This, my amazing followers who haven’t ditched me yet (and everyone else, too) is an image featuring Rachel and Quinn from Glee. I found out about Faberry, the slash couple of Rachel and Quinn, yesterday after tracking down this image using the google image search. The thing that really struck me about this image was the fact that I look so much like Quinn, and Rachel looked exactly like someone I had a crush on once.
After seeing that, I felt validated in ways I didn’t even realize I was repressed/missing. Even though they definitely aren’t asexual or a canon couple, people look at Quinn and Rachel and think they should be together. For some reason I felt like that meant that, had I gotten together with the person I had a crush on, everything would be alright. We would be accepted. And that meant something.
This helps me realize exactly how important it is to have asexual representation in the media. It’s to have people look at those characters and say, “I’m accepted.”