@stargender#freetoeditSo, I feel like this needs to be discussed. I have very little spare time, but this is something that needs to be said and made clear: Animesexuality and other things like “Mangasexual” aren’t real. Not in the sense many consider it to be, at least.
I believe it started off as a joke. I mean, there are people like me who go around saying things like “I’m dating Xiao from Genshin Impact!” or “I’m dating Kaede fron Danganronpa!” It’s all in good fun, and as someone in the LGBT community I never expected people to think this was an actual, valid sexuality.
I was wrong. VERY wrong.
So, why is this term and all things of the sort harmful to the LGBT community? I’ll try to explain this in an easy way that young people questioning their identity can understand.
It’s basically like saying the entire community as a whole is a joke. We worked very hard for DECADES for people to finally accept us: terms like homosexual, lesbian, asexual, aromantic, transgender, nonbinary, and other things of the sort grew more popular and well-known through the years. We finally were given a voice.
And then there’s things like... THIS. It’s basically mocking us. It sounds like something a homophobe on 4Chan would come up with as a joke to piss off the community.
Straight people will NEVER be allowed in the community unless they’re bisexual, nonbinary, transgender, or anything else like that. If you’re purely cishet, the community wasn’t made for you. We love our allies, but they’ll never understand what we had to go through then and what we continue to go through now. People are saying this fictional sexuality can be oppressed against and other things like that, which is absolutely NOT true.
Come on. I’m saying this as someone who has hundreds if not thousands of fictional crushes. There is a HUGE difference between a fictional crush and a crush you can see in your reality, whether it be online or in real life.
As for other people who hate this as much as I do: I ask that you please be patient. Many of the kids claiming to be this are ages 9-14... they don’t know better. Harassing them won’t do anything - if you want to teach someone about why something is wrong, you should do just that - TEACH them.