I was thinking about how I could name maybe one asexual celebrity off the top of my head and decided to do a little research.
First, people who are openly asexual in their own words:
Tim Gunn - Designer and fashion icon most well known for hosting Project Runway, openly self identifies as asexual.The most clear cut and recognizable example on this list as he has actually used the term asexual and encourages support for and education on asexuality and other marginalized sexualities.
Morrissey - This one surprised me! Rock star and leader of the Smiths, his sexuality was a topic of media debate before the term asexual was really available and so he most often claimed to be celibate. Through the 80′s he tried a variety of language including saying he was bisexual, but always clarified that he hated sex and hadn’t participated in sex in years. His most recent statement about it as of 2013:
“Unfortunately, I am not homosexual. In technical fact, I am humasexual. I am attracted to humans. But, of course … not many.” Which in todays language would make him ace or demisexual and biromantic. This ones a little shaky but I wanted to include it anyway.
Janeane Garofalo - A well known female comedian and actress (Wet Hot American Summer, Mystery Men, Dogma, Ratatoullie) who openly talks about her ace sexuality during her stand up routine. She’s quoted as saying in the documentary (A)Sexual - “I don’t have a fear of intimacy, I have sort of a genuine lack of interest”, adding jokingly, “which is not good for my boyfriend of ten years”
Edward Gorey - Iconic artist of The Doubtful Guest, The Gashleycrumb Tinies and dozens of other works of peculiar victorian style horror/surrealism in what he called ‘literary nonsense.’ In an older interview when asked about his sexuality he said: “I’m neither one thing nor the other particularly. I am fortunate in that I am apparently reasonably undersexed or something … I’ve never said that I was gay and I’ve never said that I wasn’t … what I’m trying to say is that I am a person before I am anything else”
But in an interview collected in the 2002 book Ascending Peculiarity: Edward Gorey on Edward Gorey he agrees that the “sexlessness” of his work was a product of his asexuality.
Emilie Autumn - Artist and musician best known for her part in cult classic The Devil’s Carnival Emilie has self identified as asexual several times in interviews and unusually seems to be a sex-positive asexual who’s been with men and women.
Historical Figures who were ‘celibate’ and may have been asexual:
J.M. Barrie - Author of Peter Pan and other children’s stories, the famous author was known to be disinterested in sex. He married once, but the marriage remained unconsummated and eventually ended in divorce. Though no such rumors were ever apparent when he was alive, in more recent years there’s been concern that he was a paedophile because of his close friendship with the five sons of the Llewelyn Davies family, for whom Peter Pan and some of his other stories were written. There’s never been any evidence of this, and he stayed close friends with the boys into their adulthood. The best evidence of his asexuality is a quote from one of the Llewelyn Davies boys who, when asked if Barrie had ever behaved inappropriately with him, said: “I don’t believe that Uncle Jim ever experienced what one might call ‘a stirring in the undergrowth’ for anyone—man, woman, or child”, he stated. “He was an innocent—which is why he could write Peter Pan.”
T.E. Lawrence - The author and archaeologist upon which Lawrence of Arabia was based and one of the strongest cases for asexuality in a historical figure. He stated his total lack of or desire for sexual experience multiple times in personal letters and personal friends have also stated in interviews that Lawrence had no interest in men or women. He may possibly have been homoromantic, speaking tolerantly of such relationships in his writings.
Nikola Tesla - Famed inventor, engineer and scientist, Nikola was a life long bachelor and was said to have never pursued a single romantic relationship. He said his chastity was helpful to his studies and once claimed he could never be worthy enough for a woman, whom he considered to be superior to men in every way.
Kenji Miyazawa - A celebrated poet and children’s author in Japan during the 1900′s, Miyazawa was never married or appeared to have any interest in romantic or sexual relationships. A close friend wrote that he died a virgin. Unfortunately, as he did not gain popularity until after his death, that speculation is all the evidence there is.
It was pretty tiring even trying to find this much, but if anyone has people to add to this list, please do! We need more asexual role models, and more evidence that we exist, and have always existed.
This list is
amazing, amigos! Thanks for all the submissions. Here is part 1:
Parseltongues aren’t the only ones who
can talk to certain animals; There are a number of hereditary abilities that
allow wizards to understand and communicate with other species. You are a young
wizard who can understand birds, and it is driving you CRAZY.
10 years later, on the day of the battle
of Hogwarts. George is standing in front of the mirror, looking himself in the
eyes, wishing that his reflection was someone else.
Harry Potter prompt: The Basilisk from
the Chamber of Secrets is back! …but now it’s the size of a thread snake.
A muggle angered by the fact that there
are only 10 dragons in this world and 7 of them are European, sets off to find
Your entire family is full of
Hufflepuffs, so during your sorting you begged the Sorting Hat to place you
there. Now you’re older and definitely a Slytherin and you need to hide it.
Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes has an adult
section in the back.
after Ron picks up the wrong hairs for a
polyjuice potion Hermione is making, the two find themselves in each other’s
You are the new heir of Slytherin,
capable of opening the Chamber of Secrets and talking to snakes. On your first
visit you find the monster dead. Not that you care, you never hated muggles
anyway. Instead you start giving guided tours, charging a couple of Sickles for
each tour, trying your best not to make the teachers notice.
You’re a muggle born sorted into
Slytherin of all places. The other students warn you that the Bloody Baron
hates muggles, but to your surprise, the ghost has somewhat of a different view
on muggleborns like you…
Harry DOES get sorted into Slytherin when
he asks not to be and becomes best friends with Draco as well.
No one knew Voldemort was the last line
of defence against them. Now he’s gone, and they are coming.
Many years after the Dark Lord Voldemort
was killed, a new dark lord has come. He’s part of the ministry and the new
candidate for minister of magic..
When Harry Potter dies in his first year
at Hogwarts, Hermoine Granger takes on the duty of defeating the dark lord and
succeeds in her task in the second year. The wizarding world is safe once
again. Describe how she managed this.
Write about Hermiones struggles and
success as Minister of Magic.
The dementors may suck the souls out of
their victims with their kiss, but what happens to the soul after that?
As a young gifted wizard, Sirius Black
once found the Mirror of Erised; but what did he see as he glanced upon its
Hagrid comes every year to celebrate Harry’s
Harry never got a letter. He goes through
his day to day life as a muggle, never noticing obnoxiously weird things around
him. Write a day in the life of harry the muggle
You’re invited to Tom riddle’s 6th
Magical patronuses are extremely rare.
It’s said that only the pure or the purely evil can conjure them. You’re a
Slytherin trying to prove what they say about Slytherins is wrong. In Defence
against dark arts, you just found out your patronus is a Hungarian horntail.
“Don’t worry, Potter,” said the
Dark Lord, “killing will get easier. And as my right hand man, you’ll need
to get used to it.”
Au where Snape is the chosen one and
Harry is the Potions master
In second year, Draco writes in the diary
of Tom Riddle instead, and gets some pretty sound advice.
“You went to school for seven years
and THIS is what you use your skills on? Just- Just tell us why THIS branch of
Harry’s a girl, and has to deal with all
the Voldemort shit when she has cramps so she’s extra pissed off.
The Nimbus 3000 just came out, you are
one galleon short but you desperately want it, how will you get your hands on
the new broom?
You somehow stumble into Filch’s office
and grab the nearest artifact before you escape.
Both Harry and Neville are the ‘chosen
ones’. Only together are they able to defeat the Dark Lord. Unfortunately,
everyone thinks only Harry is the ‘chosen one’. Follow Neville and co. as they
discover the truth.
Divination has a new muggle-born teacher,
who seems more intent on teaching useful life lessons than magic.
“You’re a wizard, Hermione.”
“How many times have I told you to
leave your dragons in Romania?!”
“You’re a wizard, Harry.”
All the Harry Potter character have
switch roles, so that the heroes are now the villains. Who’s who and what
Mcgonagall, after noticing Harry’s letter
is being ignored, goes to the Dursleys to check on the young wizard.
Harry wonders what the fuck kinda school
this is when Dumbledore says “ The third floor corridor is out of bounds
for anyone that doesn’t want to die a most painful death.”
Hermione Granger is one of those kids who
is in classes meant for those a few years older than her, she is a genius.
You are a muggle, yet direct magic doesn’t
affect you, you wander into Hogwarts, you are not harmed by the shriek of
mandrake plants, a basilisk cannot petrify you, magical devices break at your
touch. you are a magic null.
You thought you’d made a simple mistake
in potions. As you sit outside the headmaster’s office, straining to hear the
grave conversation from behind the door, it dawns on you that your error
couldn’t have been as simple as it seemed.
Harry goes on a journey of self-love by
hiking around an Arby’s parking lot at 2am.
The series is entirely the same but
Voldemort and Snape have swapped noses .
A day in the life of Dobby.
Lucius is sacrificed by Voldemort and
dies in the Wizarding War leaving pregnant Narcissa disillusioned and scared.
She seeks help from Dumbledore and becomes a double agent.
“Hmm, courage… yes… plenty of
intelligence too! Very loyal… but crafty… hmm. Tricky, very tricky. I’m
sorry, but you don’t seem to belong in any specific house. Better be…
Harry and Ron/Hermione and Ginny become
the canon ships.
Hermione and Ron visit America for a
family vacation. Write about their adventures.
Sassy harry calling Snape and Dumbledore
out on their bullshit 24/7.
Ravenclaws have a chamber of secrets, but
it’s just a library of infinite knowledge too nerdy to touch.
Post-apocalyptic Draco and Harry, where
Draco needs the help of Harry in order for both of them to survive.
You thought you were a muggle-born
witch/wizard and then you find one of your long before ancestors in the portraits
of the school’s corridors.
You can do magic without a wand. You are
the second most wanted after Voldemort.
Disco balls and disco and lgbt folks at Hogwarts
A student is accepted into Hogwarts only
to find out it was a mistake and they don’t actually have any magical
abilities. Tell their story of trying to make it through Hogwarts after all
Remus Lupin adopts Harry. He never lived with the Dursleys. Tell us his
happy Wizarding Childhood.
You’re a historian writing a critical
paper on The Battle Of Hogwarts. You believe the existing discourse has ignored
the significance of one woman: Mrs Norris. Write a paper discussing her
much-maligned role in the Battle of Hogwarts.
A story about the lonely, never-useful
life of Snape’s shampoo bottle.
Rumour has it the new Defense against the
Dark Arts teacher has already arrived and is hiding. Whoever finds them gets
500 points for their house.
write the wizarding sex ed pamphlet that
gets handed out to fifth years.
everything’s the same except every
character is a lizard.
Describe the three trials in the next
“Nobody knew about the fifth
Hogwarts founder, and the secret they hid in the castle… until now”
Minerva McGonagall is quite puzzled by
Dumbledore’s recent hires for Defense Against the Dark Arts, and would like to
have a serious talk with him about it.
You decide to try flying on a broom just
for shits and giggles. It works, and now you need help. A lot of help.
The previous magical protection of the
prime minister has been retired. You have taken their place.
The Wizarding World decided it’s time to
Doleres Umbridge is now the head teacher
of Hogwarts and president Snow form panel is the minister for magic. They have
reinvented the triwizard tournament to have aspects of the hunger games. Tell
the story of this year’s tributes.
“When I wished to be part of the
world of Harry Potter, I was hoping for an acceptance letter to Hogwarts, not
for the bridge I was crossing to be demolished by death eaters on my way home
You are a squib from a long line of
witches and wizards who has never made any contact with the Muggle world. Today
is your first day of high school.
Hermione blinked. “You’re right, Ron.
I’ve been doing it wrong all this time.”
Through a series of events, you land
yourself in the world of Harry Potter. The catch? You’ve never read a word from
the books and have absolutely no clue what’s going on.
The entire series but everyone is emo as
You are Harry Potter’s less famous twin
sibling. All you want is a quiet wizarding school life.
Write the science behind magic.
You are in the infamous library where no
books have titles. Somehow, you pick up Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s
Stone. You want to help in any way you can.
“The wand chooses the wizard”
except this time three have chosen the same master. And they’re attempting to
duel each other.
Re-write one of the quidditch chapters
from the perspective of the snitch.
Harry being raised by Sirius and Remus
because they actually caught Wormtail
Dumbledore reads My Immortal and thinks
it’s really good.
“The Death Eaters stole this from
the Muggles. What is it, Hermione?”
“Ron, I…I think it’s a Nuke.” "WICKED! Dad’s gonna love this!“
Draco and Ron get in a wizard’s fight;
Harry has to reveal his love for Draco by protecting him.
While looking through Filch’s files of
rescinded objects, you find something extremely dangerous. Just as you put it
in your pocket for later investigation, you get caught by Peeves the
A deaf Ravenclaw, a disabled Slytherin, a
mute Gryffindor, and a black trans Hufflepuff help together to cope with each
You’ve just received a Howler in front of
the whole school. What does it say and how does the school react?
A very derpy Dementor who doesn’t even
try and suck souls, but just wants to be friends with everyone and gets sad
easily so everyone has to cheer it up.
As it turns out, Neville is the strongest
wizard of all.
Write a love story about Dumbledore and
Your boggart and your reflection in the
Mirror of Erised show the same thing.
Who maintains the enchanted ceiling at
Hogwarts? How did they get the job and what’s their life like?
Finally, Hogwarts gets its Wi-Fi hotspot.
After a traumatising first year at
Hogwarts, Ginny Weasley has to learn to deal with the long-term psychological
effects of having been possessed by a dark wizard.
Someone didn’t focus enough when trying
to apparate somewhere and somehow wound up on Mars.
You show someone the Mirror of Erised for
the first time. You ask what they see, and they just look at you strangely.
“What? Did you forget how mirrors work? I just see us.”
A story written from the perspective of a
student who died in the battle of Hogwarts, and is now a ghost there.
Hogwarts wants to open a school in
another part of the world.
It’s been a hundred years, or so, and
you’re still stuck in this dusty, shabby place. As a wand, it would be nice if
you could finally choose the perfect wizard to wield you.
You hide pictures of Voldemort in
most unusual places to freak other
AU where all spells are imaginary.
They’re basically running around with sticks yelling nonsense.
The DA learned their most important
lesson from Hermione - always bring a gun to a wand fight.
Write about the day the magical world
discovered internet (and proceeded to make their own WizNet)
Harry Potter where Harry’s dad survived
but is left emotionally destroyed by Voldemort’s attack.
Harry Potter lowers his wand at himself.
He swore he would rid the world of Horcruxes. He was about to make good on that promise.
Let’s make a new list right away. Do you have a prompt for us?
There’s such a weird fixation in media about “firsts”. Beauty and the Beast boasting disney’s “first gay scene” is the one I’m thinking about in particular, and Power Rangers with the “first gay superhero”, and in both cases it’s a blink and you’ll miss it thing, something that maintains plausible deniability of queerness within the film itself, but establishing explicit queerness in everything outside the film. We know Lefou is gay because the interview told us he was in disney’s first gay scene.
And most of these discussions of firsts devolve into which first is first. Bill gets announced as the first gay companion on doctor who, and then follows the argument of whether Jack counts as companion, whether he was the first pansexual companion while Bill is the first gay companion, whether Amy or Clara was ever canonically bisexual and should that be a factoring in calculating firsts as well. (I remember a similar argument going on when Martha was announced as the first black companion, and people were like “but Mickey?” And there’s definitely commentary waiting about contentious Firsts and characters of color, but my white ass has nothing incisive to offer on that front except the hope we are kinder and better towards Bill than we were towards Martha.) And meanwhile, here is Bill, a black gay female companion, and while that fact has definitely not gotten lost, it is still very very cool and good that she is the companion even if she is not the Absolute First.
The language of Firsts is everywhere when you start looking for it, the idea that this show/movie/video game is doing something New Never Before Done Whoa Look At The Unprecedented Gay. And when this trend worries me, it’s because:
1) it gives off a strong whiff of performative representation, where the representation isn’t as important as people knowing you’re doing it
1a) the corollary being that the emphasis on First First First makes me worried that creators are not interested in Second Third Fourth. That having had the First *spins wheel, throws dart* Lesbian Asian Marvel character (a guest star in three episodes of the Defenders, maybe fifteen minutes, every gif set celebrating her has the same three quotes because that’s all there is), they are now exempted from every having to write a Second Lesbian Asian Marvel character. Because they already did that. Didn’t you see the article in Entertainment Weekly? It was a very big deal.
2) the trend of press on the First Gay Thing tends to vastly outscale the actually gayness, which traps us in an endless loop of hype and disappointment (versus Dumbledoring where the gayness is revealed retroactively for a previously ambiguous character or relationship, and it’s a weird combination of vindication because you thought they might be gay, surprise because you didn’t expect them to be gay, and disappointment because why didn’t the work just say they were gay)
And this, even more than the rest of this post, is a personal grievance but 3) queer fandom has spent decades finding representation in subtext, in coding, in wishful thinking and disciplined literary analysis of the text. This whole First thing seems come with a subtext that every other character who had significant ambiguous relationships, was flamboyant or butch, was in anyway queercoded? Not queer. This here is the first gay thing, and we’re very brave for being the first to have done it. Gay characters must formally come out to count.
Putting aside explicitly queer characters (which exist! Which have a history that creators and fans are welcome to build upon instead of thinking they have to invent gay representation every time they launch a franchise), queer history and queer art has always entailed writing and reading in between the lines. Which requires there be lines. If the new trend is unwritten in text, out and proud in press, what does that offer? I’m happy that Explicitly Confirmed Queer is a thing that’s happening, I very much am, but if a gay child who has never read a think-piece cannot recognize themself in your Brave Unprecedented Gay Character because they didn’t read your interview with the av club, then what use is that character? What was the point? What have you actually contributed to us?
Each year I am more amazed by these five men in a way that I cant explain. I fall more in love with them by the second and become more obsessed by each song. I hope every year we can celebrate another year with you as SHINee5.
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Oh my GOD being a Witch/Wizard in the 2010-2017 era would be so much fucking fun I swear I’ve never wanted to be a modern witch more than I do now
Imagine every Friday night to celebrate the weekend, whatever year you’re in has a battle of the bands tradition, where everyone gathers in the Hufflepuff common room to rock tf out.
Pureblood student’s learning muggle music and instruments and LOVING it.
Every person in the year having mad hangovers the next day, and being dragged to the Quidditch pitch. All of the older students who attended the battle the previous night would all be dying, some of them even conjuring their own potions in an attempt to stop their hangovers.
FUCKING FIRST/SECOND YEARS DABBING
“10 points to Ravenclaw” *AGGRESSIVELY DABS*
If you weren’t in Hufflepuff yourself, the Hufflepuffs would be so fucking annoying. In EVERY SINGLE HOUSE EVENT they would all be chanting this song. (Even better if there was a Hufflepuff vs Slytherin Quidditch match and all the fucking Hufflepuff’s start shrieking the snake part)
I’m convinced there would be a Wizarding equivalent to social media apps like vine, instagram etc. Imagine the fucking vines that would be made through the school year im dyigreqdasiuf
Some Ravenclaw students using the room of requirement as a gym, because they know not only the importance of a healthy mind, but a healthy body too. Some Gryffindor students tagging along too when they notice what they’re up to, interested in muggle ‘leg day’, as they call it.
Piercing’s getting banned but most students being like lol fuck ya, wearing nose rings, septums etc all the time without fail.
Skater kids would enchant their skateboards to be able to hover, riding them in the corridor to their classes. Some teachers like Professor Longbottom would let it slide, others such as Filch wouldn’t be as forgiving.
Voldemort would become a meme.
He would definitely be a meme oh my god I am CONVINCED of this
In the History of Magic studies, the selected teacher would be expressing how dangerous and fearful the Dark Lord had once looked, one of the Slytherin students yelling out, ‘He doesn’t even have a bloody nose?! Dark Lord my arse.”
Muggle born students would take their pureblood friends to Muggle music festivals like Glastonbury and Reading Leeds, and they would go OFF.
Wizards/Witches enchanting their camping tents so it’s like a small cabin, so it wasn’t uncomfortable to sleep in after a long day of seeing all the bands.
Kids who stay over the Christmas holidays would so stay up and play beer pong for New Years- all the Ravenclaws using advanced magic to cheat.
In Charms class, the students in their last year would do the mannequin challenge, making objects levitate while someone records it all.
Gryffindor students being annoying little fucks and trying to see how many teachers they could get to dab over the year. This turns into an annual house event for students, Slytherin always winning.
For Halloween all the older students enchanting their image to look like professors, which may become problematic through the day.
Hufflepuffs coming to class stoned, but never get told off for it. Sure, the odd point or two will be taken away if it’s that obvious, but those little shits always get away with it. Bonus points because their common room is so close to the kitchen.
If you haven’t heard this song before, I believe the Gryffindor would change the lyrics to “Gryffindor sound, we aint fucken around, fuck our classes man so we keep it underground, cause potions each day got me feeling like shit but it’s all worth while when the weekend hits.”
Slytherin students playing odds on, getting their Gryffindor mates to jump into the black lake to see the giant squid.
Muggle borns taking their pureblood friends to rugby/hockey/soccer games, and them not having a fucking clue what’s going on.
KIDS IN THE CHOIR USING THEIR FUCKING FROG’S TO DO DUBSTEP AND TRAP BEATS FUCK
Students using Snapchat to record small snippets of Mandrakes screaming then slow it down- Professor Longbottom finds this hillarious.
FEEL FREE TO ADD TO THIS LET ME SEE WHAT YA’LL GOT
(((because i can’t ever have great writing ideas for normal pairings or situations that people care about)))
anyways AU where holster is a famous singer-songwriter, he’s probably got a Grammy at this point, and oh man he’s definitely considered a heartthrob (I’m picturing like the musical equivalent of lorde and the teen sex icon equivalent of shawn mendes) and decides he wants to take time away from his career to go to college (which is why he’s 22 as a sophomore just like in canon)
he’s very open and social at samwell and even lives in a dorm as a frog so he obviously gets a ton of attention for a while but samwell is small and soon everyone who cares has met him and is just kind of used to it so he can just kinda live his life (except during Tour Season but we’ll put that aside for now)
right at the outset of holster’s frog year he meets and befriends ransom and they really hit it off. best bros. legendary pong partners. ur platonic drift-compatible favs. this is how holster comes to be an honorary member of smh, gets his hockey nickname, and he really Finds His People in the haus. when ransom gets dibs to the attic the next year, he invites holster to share it with him bc it’s Big and holster is a Friend so it’s not like any of the other smh people would object.
enter one eric r bittle. smol gay baker boy who comes to samwell for hockey, ya ya we know that part. the gag is, he’s a HUGE adam birkholtz fan. how can he not be tbh the boy has the voice of an angel and he’s HOT AS FUCK. (and he doesn’t use gendered pronouns in any of his songs so for all anyone knows he could totally be queer which isn’t a lot to go on but bitty can always hope)
holster doesn’t go to the smh games cause he’d get mobbed and he doesn’t wanna take attention away from the teams successes (and he doesn’t know much about hockey anyway). which is why it’s not public knowledge that he’s connected in any way to smh. bitty comes to samwell not really expecting to get to see adam around much. maybe he’ll get the chance to introduce himself sheepishly and say “I’m a big fan” but that’s It
fast forward to bitty’s taddy tour. he gets sidetracked and loses the group as he tends to the nasty kitchen. he’s in the middle of putting his pie in the oven when none other than Adam fucking birkholtz comes home, headphones in, singing some new adele song or something idk, and drops a couple groceries on the counter before going upstairs. bitty is SHOOK and when shitty pops his head into the kitchen to ask what’s up, why is bitty not with the group anymore, bitty just says point blank out loud “sorry i just remembered that im Really Gay” and then hurries out of the haus so he won’t pass out on the nasty kitchen floor
anyways this got WAY longer than i was anticipating and i really wanna write a proper fic of it SO im ending this headcanon here bc im gonna write the shit out of this later toodles