1. Name me a TV series or movie where a main or secondary character is asexual, has come out as asexual, remains asexual and their asexuality is not due to abuse, a medical condition that can be fixed, a “phase”, being too young to be sexual or an alien race/supernatural creature or “waiting for the right person”. They can be of any romantic inclination (including aromantic) or any gender but they MUST have stated they are asexual.
Bonus if they’re also childfree.
2. Name me a TV series or movie where a main or secondary female character is childfree. Not childless(wanting kids but being unable to have them/not having had them yet) but actually childfree (never wanting children and sticking to never giving birth to any or adopting any - childfree people have no children. Peroid.) and not only has stated such but remains true to their childfree beliefs even if they get pregnant (yes that means an ABORTION not AWWW I WANNA BE A MOMMY NOW). Their childfree desire cannot stem from being “tragically sterile”, the last of their race, a supernatural or alien creature, a medical/mental illness or because the love of their life died young.
Bonus if they’re asexual too.
3. Name me a TV series or a movie where asexuality is shown in a positive light and treated as valid; not as something that can be fixed or a choice one embraces because “no one wants them” or a medical or mental illness.
4. Name me a TV series or movie where a woman being childfree is shown in a positive light and treated as valid; not as child-hating, being bitter, a “phase”, being immature, abusive, a “rabid man hating feminist” or the result of a medical/mental illness that needs to be fixed.
5. Name me a TV series or movie where a woman/person with a uterus actually has an abortion because she wanted to and with zero or little regrets afterwards because it was the right choice for her.
Bonus if she’s childfree and is shown sticking to that belief.
Now the reason I was female specific on the CF questions is because there are plenty of examples of CF men and men who don’t really want kids, so much so that Hollywood has made a billion cliche movies about it (and always the guy seems forced into parenthood because his girl is pregnant and happy) so a guy not wanting kids isn’t so much of a big deal. Females are supposed to want children because we supposedly have this clock that makes us want to breed. The other side of that is rarely, if at all, represented.
I’d actually love to see answers to these because I’d love characters I can look at and see myself fairly represented by the media.
For ace TV characters, I suggest checking out Gerald from Shortland Street (who really needs more love in the ace community) - he got an entire arc of character development relating to him coming out as asexual, and while it still plays into some stereotypes, it’s overall much better than anything else we’ve had.
There are clips of all the relevant scenes starting here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgju7QrWszA&lr=1
It’s a soap opera, so there’s of course some drama and ridiculous, but he’s one of the few (only?) realistic depictions of an explicitly asexual character available.
There’s also sort of Penny from Huge, but her asexuality was only mentioned once and never really got a chance to develop because the show got canceled.
Other than that though, representations of ace characters are either based mostly on fan interpretation of non-canonical aces (sherlock, Sheldon from Big Bang Theory, etc), or are pretty terrible (as in House). And even the non-canonical characters who are sometimes interpreted as asexual tend to be sociopaths or completely socially inept.
So overall, the field is still incredibly barren.