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UK soap opera "Emmerdale" has ace character

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After hinting at it a few months ago, UK soap opera Emmerdale have confirmed that one of their teen characters, Liv Flaherty, will come out as asexual this week.

 

http://www.digitalspy.com/soaps/emmerdale/news/a849517/emmerdale-spoilers-liv-flaherty-asexual-comes-out-gabby-thomas/

 

Probably won't mean much to those outside the UK, but for UK aces this is quite a big deal as Emmerdale is in the top 10 most watched shows here, so this is some pretty high-profile ace representation. Emmerdale are also well known for researching their issue-based storylines well.

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LadyWallflower

I've never watched Emmerdale before, but this seems quite interesting! I'm excited! :) 

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FictoVore.

Weirdly New Zealand's version of Emmerdale (called Shortland Street - our most popular soap) had an asexual character about a decade ago :o I still have no idea what got them onto that haha but it's great to see that the UK has finally caught up :D

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SiTargaryen
23 minutes ago, FictoVore. said:

Weirdly New Zealand's version of Emmerdale (called Shortland Street - our most popular soap) had an asexual character about a decade ago :o I still have no idea what got them onto that haha but it's great to see that the UK has finally caught up :D

Funnily enough, it was through Shortland Street's asexuality storyline that I first learnt what asexuality meant. But yes, this is a first for a UK soap.

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Tanwen

There's a discussion an Fb - E Daily about it

 

*Slaps wrist - you're SUPPOSED to be working on your assignment!!! *

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Scott1989

I recorded tonights episode to see what happened, and you can find it below in the spoilers (cause spoilers)

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So Liv (the ace character) asks out a boy Jacob for her friend Gabby, but in a sort of mysterious way (e.g. "Would you like to spend valentines day with someone?" "Who?" "Who do you think?". This leads Jacob to think it's Liv that wants to go out with him.

 

While waiting for Jacob Liv and Gabby chat, and Gabby ends up asking about who Liv fancies. She repeats the stuff about not fancying any boys or girls but gets told that she's too picky and is overthinking stuff. Liv asks about what attraction feels like and is told to more or less keep on trying until she gets it. It leads to Liv kissing Gabby, getting embarrsed but also saying it meant nothing then running off.

 

On her way home, she bumps into Jacob, who is trying to give Liv a Valentines card, but Liv doesn't notice it, and just excuses herself and walks off.

 

It looks like it's trying to tackle a) The confusion aces experience and b) Sort of invalidation\stigma they may face.

 

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kimbo21

This is amazing news! I remember seeing it a few months ago and we didn't know that point if it would materialise into an asexuality storyline and I'm so thrilled it did! 

I also watched shorthand street with Gerald the asexual character :)

im from the uk and this is an incredible breakthrough! I have wanted a storyline in a uk soup for ages and am delighted that it finally is :) 

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Sandra B
On 2/10/2018 at 12:27 PM, SiTargaryen said:

After hinting at it a few months ago, UK soap opera Emmerdale have confirmed that one of their teen characters, Liv Flaherty, will come out as asexual this week.

 

http://www.digitalspy.com/soaps/emmerdale/news/a849517/emmerdale-spoilers-liv-flaherty-asexual-comes-out-gabby-thomas/

 

Probably won't mean much to those outside the UK, but for UK aces this is quite a big deal as Emmerdale is in the top 10 most watched shows here, so this is some pretty high-profile ace representation. Emmerdale are also well known for researching their issue-based storylines well.

Usually the other soaps Coronation Street and Eastenders follow suit - so maybe they will cover other asexuals on the spectrum too, as at the moment it looks as though Liv is aromantic - but of course that could change for dramatic shock purposes!!

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muddled
3 hours ago, Sandra B said:

Usually the other soaps Coronation Street and Eastenders follow suit - so maybe they will cover other asexuals on the spectrum too, as at the moment it looks as though Liv is aromantic - but of course that could change for dramatic shock purposes!!

Isn't Emerdale the same soap that had a gay man's sexual orientation spontaneously change for dramatic shock purposes?

 

I hope they don't ever end up writing a shock "the spinster found the right person and isn't ace anymore" storyline for either her romantic or sexual orientation - not because demisexuals don't deserve representation too, just because doing it that way with the first introduction most of the audience will have to the phenomenon of a person self-identifying as asexual would leave them with the impression all aces are demi or hyposexual or repressed or late bloomers or whatever other explanation people tend to explain asexuals away with when they first hear about us.

 

I think until the general public is very familiar with the concept of asexuality, demisexual or hyposexual characters should be introduced at a time in their life when already know when and how often they experience sexual attraction, as opposed to being presented as aces and later revealed to have not been.

 

In fact both could be introduced skillfully in this sort of storyline. In real life, when one person, especially a teenager, comes out as ace, often older people try to be helpful by explaining, without knowing the terminology, that they themselves are demisexual or hyposexual and thought they had no interest at all once, and therefore the young person is probably going to "find the right person" one day just like they did. Showing that sort of discussion would introduce the audience to asexuality and demisexuality without accidentally erasing the existence of either.

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OptimisticPessimist

@muddled That's Hollyoaks, they've never backtracked with Aaron and when Robert came out as Bisexual, they have made sure not to backtrack on that too. I hope they won't backtrack with Liv and will clarify if she is interested in people romantically or not. Emmerdale is usually really good with serious storylines. It would be good to see the whole of the ace and aromantic spectrums explored.

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