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MaggieB

Do fictosexuals count as asexuals? I heard that if someone isn't attracted to real people but to for example anime characters,then he is on asexual spectrum. Is it true?

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Grey-Ace Ventura

I'm pretty sure they do count. Ageosexuals are really similar to your definition and they count as asexuals, so fictosexuals should as well.

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Anthracite_Impreza

That is a matter of debate. I don't think so, because I don't think sexuality/romance/attraction should be 'reserved' for humans. My romance with my car is just as romantic as it would be with a human, so I will not be called aromantic.

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KrysLost

I mean even if I'm demi I still prefer fiction to people as it's much simpler. So idk.

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MichaelTannock

Yes, I'd say Fictosexuals count as Asexual, since fantasies, in general, don't count if they don't reflect what you want in reality.

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CelesteAdAstra

I think that it depends. If you could make the fictional character of your choice real and would actually like to have sex with them, that doesn't sound quite asexual to me. (I for example am fictoromantic, and I actually desperately want my beloved to be real. I am the last person you could call aromantic.) But if you are only attracted to them because they are fictional and you have no interest in actual sexual contact as in the aforementioned scenario, I would say the label fits.

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Gloomy

Personally I consider my attraction towards anime characters as part of my bisexuality, but if someone who is attracted only to fictional characters still considered themselves asexual because “they’re just fantasies” then I could see where they’re coming from.

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oldgeeza

As it's something I've never heard of, it attracted me to reading this post, I don't know that I can really answer it as the fiction person, are they a cartoon as in a comic? someone in a book? or maybe a fictional character on TV or in a film? Then, I guess it's what the individual feels, do they experience sexual fantasies? I don't really know, but it's an interesting question, I loved Rachel on Friends (Jenifer Anniston), but never had any sexual thoughts, though I do think she's a stunningly beautiful lady, I wouldn't say no to a cuddle though, but then, I am a cuddle slut

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Karst

*shrugs*

I rarely bother with this kind of identity taxonomy.

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Strifed

There was a topic like this not too long ago and we seemed to all have differing opinions on it, but when I personally think of how to break down my sexuality I think of it like this: my ficto-ness is in my imagination + fictional characters are not real, as in living breathing human beings. My feelings towards the object of my affection may be very much real (as in what I imagine two people feel towards one another when they love one another), I am both sexually and romantically attracted to the idea of him, and love love love imagining all sorts of wonderful things with him, but at the end of the day he is not a real person and this is all going on in my head. So with that definition I kinda categorize it as a second part of my sexuality. What matters firstly is how I feel about real people, which is a solid no to both sexual and romantic activities, so I'm both aroace. If anyone were to walk up to me and ask me on the street what I identify as I would say "I'm both asexual and aromantic", and if they wanted to dig deeper I would tell them about the ficto-part. Telling them I want to shag a video game character or this idea I made up of a celebrity isn't something I'd jump right into lol, and it's why I use it as a secondary identifier for myself to be more precise about what I do like~

 

So long story short, in my opinion, I would put it under ace and/or aro as at least a subset (category?) if that said person has no desire to be romantically/sexually involved with another person person. At least that's how I describe it 🤷‍♀️ but you use labels that you feel describe you the best!

 

3 hours ago, CelesteAdAstra said:

I think that it depends. If you could make the fictional character of your choice real and would actually like to have sex with them, that doesn't sound quite asexual to me. (I for example am fictoromantic, and I actually desperately want my beloved to be real. I am the last person you could call aromantic.) But if you are only attracted to them because they are fictional and you have no interest in actual sexual contact as in the aforementioned scenario, I would say the label fits.

see this definition confuses me so much 😩 I only like fictional character because they are fictional. If they were to become real I would feel the same way towards any other person: ew gross stop it. haha (but if my object of affection was to magically become real right now, let's be honest, I'd try to make something work because I love him so). So fictoromantic = wanting them to be real? Always thought it was just you wanted to get romantic with them in your head like a romantic person would want to get romantic with their people partner LOL.

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CelesteAdAstra
13 hours ago, Strifed said:

see this definition confuses me so much 😩 I only like fictional character because they are fictional. If they were to become real I would feel the same way towards any other person: ew gross stop it. haha (but if my object of affection was to magically become real right now, let's be honest, I'd try to make something work because I love him so). So fictoromantic = wanting them to be real? Always thought it was just you wanted to get romantic with them in your head like a romantic person would want to get romantic with their people partner LOL.

I think that both types of attraction to fictional characters are two sides of the same coin. Both are absolutely valid and deserve to be called "fictoromantic/-sexual". The difference is not in our love towards them, but in our reaction were they suddenly to become real. Yours is aromantic and mine isn't, but both are fictoromantic. We could possibly make up two microlabels to describe both, but I think that we would quickly find an angry mob of label-opponents coming at us, so I rest my case 😂

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