Onto the post . . .
Today, while taking a short break from writing, I was trying to think of aro-ace (aromantic asexual) characters in popular culture. Unsurprisingly, I came up short. I think I have mentioned in a couple blog posts about my identifying as aro-ace and how difficult it was when I was growing up. Even today, a lot of people in my life assume they can "fix me" or I'll eventually be "normal." This isn't helped at all by the absolute lack of visibility of aro-ace characters. The truth is, most writers and directors seem to think an aro-ace character is boring (Stephen Moffat recently stated Sherlock Holmes couldn't possibly be asexual because he's not boring. Or something to that effect. When Moffat speaks, he becomes Charlie Brown's teacher). However this shows a complete laziness on the part of said director/writer.
Case in point: Eden Sinclair of Doomsday
Picture from here
She's beating him with a stick! Big armored dude is getting his ass handed to him by a trained soldier wielding nothing more than a glorified club!
Suffice to say, I absolutely loved this movie and the handling of the character was brilliant. I'm sure there are some people who would complain about how aloof the character comes off (which is coded sexist language for "she's a woman. She needs to be emotional and smile. Or at least cry." To which I respond, "Fuck off!"). Major Sinclair is there to do a job and has to traverse a postapocalyptic wasteland to find a lunatic who might have information they desperately need. She's a woman in the military and from the get-go, the character is introduced as being extremely mission-oriented. That's why she's so damn good at her job.
There is so much I love about this movie, but again, what won me over was seeing a character who could be read as ace. It is so rare to see and I wish more people, men and women, had the balls to present such characters. Asexuals make up an estimated 1% of the population (but that number could be higher due to the amount of asexuals who mistakenly believe there's something wrong with them). When an ace character is shown, in a respectful and accurate way, it shows ace-identifying individuals that we're just as normal as the next person and it makes asexuality a little less invisible.
There are so many women in horror whom I admire, both fictional characters and real women working behind the scenes (writers, filmmakers, etc.). Eden Sinclair will probably always be my favorite character in horror.
I'm not sure when I'll get a chance to update my blog again (I'm still hard at work on my fourth novel), but I want to make sure to include some important links.
(the official site, founded by Hannah Neurotica who is instrumental in continuing the tradition. WiHM is also on Tumbler and Twitter)
(It is also Black History Month and Ashlee is doing a fantastic job highlighting the contributions of Women of Color to the genre. Look her up on Tumbler and Twitter as well)
(Another awesome blogger who works hard during WiHM. I think she's also on Tumbler and she's definitely on Twitter)
There are so many amazing women in the horror genre. Please go out and support their work.