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Essay: The Truth About Fictosexuality
The Truth About Fictosexuality
Fictosexuality is an attraction to fictional characters. It’s far more common than you think.
Who says your crush has to be real in order to be valid? A fictosexual individual is attracted to fictional characters from books, cartoons, movies, and any form of media you can think of. Betty Boop is a fictosexual icon - After all, she’s classically portrayed in a sexual light. I even remember seeing pictures of her naked when I was younger! Much like real people, I think almost every character from Lady Death to Waluigi has a fictosexual fanbase.
I, too, am fictosexual. I used to chalk my attraction to fictional characters (especially cartoon and game characters) down to me being a loser, but there’s more to it than that. I’ve been actively crushing on cartoon characters (but mostly anime characters) since I was a child. I remember pretending to date certain Pokemon trainers like Lance and Lass. Having a crush on a fictional character is an experience that most people won’t admit to, but many people will experience at some point or another.
My current fictosexual crush is Ranma from Ranma ½. Ranma changes into a girl when splashed with cold water, then back into a boy when splashed with warm water. I find his literal genderfluidity to be a very huge turn-on. Ranma being an anime character works out perfectly in the context of our relationship. I’m glad Ranma isn’t real because if he were, he would only be in high school and I’d feel guilty about my attraction to him. Ranma will never return my love, but he can never reject me, either. Our one-sided “relationship” is perfect the way it is.
It always seemed harmless to me - It’s not as if I could actually act out my fantasies with a cartoon character. I didn’t realize just how different I was from my peers until I developed an obsession with the band Gorillaz. Soon, I began looking up porn of the fictional, then-cartoonized bandmates. In my heart, I knew my peers weren’t looking at fictional characters in the same way. The band has since been reanimated in 3-D and I’m still attracted to 2 of its members.
I remember the first time I was shamed for being fictosexual. I wrote in my diary about how I had a crush on 2-D, the lead singer of Gorillaz. I accidentally left my personal diary-notebook open and my friend (who was also a Gorillaz fan) read it aloud.
“What?!” he exclaimed. “That’s so weird!”
After that, I vowed to never tell anyone about my attraction to anyone who wasn’t a breathing entity. I didn’t meet anyone who had fictosexual tendencies until I met my boyfriend 3 years later. The first time we hung out, he brought over a copy of Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-Chan, an anime with plenty of fan service/shots of a character looking hot. He introduced me to all things ecchi and helped me accept my potential to be attracted to animated characters. He joined me in appreciating anime girls and taught me that my attraction was something to be embraced, not hidden.
Though my attraction to fictional characters is contained in the wilderness of my fantasies, my fictosexual tendencies in general are nothing new. Some of my first crushes were fictosexual in nature. I think my first fictosexual crush came to me at age 3 or 4 in the form of Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas. Then again, I also remember crushing on Shaggy from Scooby Doo. I was attracted to his tall, lanky frame and his bony features. When I started watching Sailor Moon at 6 years old, I immediately thought the characters were sexy. Between the short skirts and boots, I found the sailor scouts to be hot. Once, my dad took me out to find a Sailor Moon poster, and I remember expressing my desire for this one poster that featured all of the sailor scouts in bikinis. Needless to say, my dad never bought me any posters with scantily clad anime girls, but that didn’t stop me from seeking them out as soon as I could browse the internet.
I remember then having a crush on Dib from Invader Zim, and not just because he wore glasses and a trench coat, either. He was also as obsessed with the paranormal and the supernatural as I was at the time. To me, we seemed like we’d make a perfect match. I fantasized about going ghost-hunting with him, being alone with him, and kissing him. Dib was never real, but my feelings for him sure were.
I enjoy my fictosexual crushes because the love is as real as I want it to be. Fictosexual crushes contain all the fun of a real crush and none of the pain. Then again, some fictosexuals might be sad over the fact that they will never be able to physically hold their crush. If your fictosexual crush is an anime character, there’s a chance they might make a waifu pillow cover with your beloved on it. But stuffies and random merchandise are the closest many of us will ever get to our fictosexual crushes.
Fictosexuality has taught me that your crush doesn’t need to be a real person in order to be valid. Love and attraction are what you make of them Fictosexuality will continue to bring joy to myself and others. It’s not weird to be attracted to characters in various forms of media!
4/30/2018 04:09:49 pm
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