About the asexuality gijinka: Reducing people's sexuality into a bland pouty lipped hipster chick is offensive. You wouldn't make a heterosexual gijinka or a homosexual gijinka because that would be stereotypical and offensive to those who identify that way, so why an asexual one? It's the kind of thing you do for inanimate objects or non-human characters, not people's orientations.

And it's not just 'one anonymous' person, fyi. The picture made its rounds on tumblr. kawaiijuggalos or scottpony posted it first, I think.

I think what bothers me most is that you offended my friends and instead of apologizing you stuck those who didn't like your gijinka into some minority whose opinion is somehow invalid because you, your friends and your fans don't feel that way.
Anonymous

I apologize if I came off harshly in my last response about this.

I’d like to make it clear that I don’t wish to invalidate any other asexual’s opinions on my artwork.  However, all the comments I have seen from asexuals reblogging that picture have been positive.  I encourage your offended asexual friends to write to me themselves, because I think a discussion regarding the perception of asexuality is a very worthwhile one.

I looked up the users you mentioned, and found the repost of my picture with the comments you’re referring to: http://i-canhazpie.tumblr.com/post/4382096274/wheres-this-asexuality-gijinka

This doesn’t look to me like asexuals getting offended.  It looks like a bunch of people who think the idea is stupid and/or dislike the design.  And that’s totally fine!  I don’t need everyone to like my drawings.  But please don’t come here telling me that people making fun of a drawing = the pictured minority getting offended, because that’s not the same at all.  Again, if there are actual asexuals who feel somehow slighted by the picture, I would be more than happy to discuss it with them.

Lastly, I think you are overlooking one very important fact.  I identify as demisexual, which is under the asexual umbrella.  This picture is not a matter of an outsider making a nasty stereotype about a minority, this is me expressing and celebrating a part of myself in the best way I know how: character design.  In the past I’ve been able to shine light on a lot of issues close to my heart through my artwork, and this is what I am doing now.

Incidentally, the “Ace-tan” image was inspired and created for “demisexuality.tumblr.com" because I wanted to support this fledgeling community, particularly since the creator has been getting a lot of nasty anon comments. Asexuals are often victims of identity policing from sexuals, being told how they can and can’t represent themselves, how they should feel, etc.

That’s for us to decide.

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