Do you participate in fandom such as reading or writing fanfiction?
According to Centrumlumina’s amazing survey of Archive of our Own* users from 2013 11.4% of respondents identify as asexual, 7.6% as demisexual, and 6.1% as gray-asexual (but people could select more than one category). That’s obviously a lot higher representation of ace people than in the general population. I’m curious what makes fan spaces so saturated with aces and if there are any other places you may be more likely to find us
I’m taking a break from fandom because other hobbies are simply more interesting to me right now, but for several years I read fanfiction, wrote fanfiction, watched fanvids, and drew fanart almost every day. Fandom (or at least the Marvel fandom I spent most of my time in) was a fascinating place where I didn’t feel that constant tug and pull between being too sexual for ace spaces and too asexual for allosexual spaces. I explored finding people hot that I wasn’t sexually attracted to, a sexual desire with no target, and other asexual experiences Tumblr and Archive of our Own gave me the anonymity to dare to think about out loud. I didn’t have a huge audience, but I had regular readers and fans that left me adorable and encouraging comments. I met a lot more ace people than I expected (to be fair I didn’t expect to see any). I still remember one regular reader that had been heterosexual all her life but was on medication that had side effects that made her question if she was suddenly asexual. She felt both drawn to the ace community and very apart from it. Like me she was fascinated by asexual stories in fandom that didn’t fit popular ace narratives.
* Archive of our Own is a fanfiction site made by fans for fans partly as a response to fanfiction.net making money off of the free fandom gift economy and censoring mature works.