Just got this message this morning; I’m not really sure where this is coming from right now, since my last use of the asexuality tag was 4 months ago. I also didn’t use it within the first 5 tags, so it won’t show up in tracked tags, it’s only for categorization on my own blog, and every one of the posts I used it on is behind a cut, so the porn is not in your face at all. So yeah basically I have no idea how you even found those artworks. I suspect this is a blanket statement you’ve sent to several people, but in the case that it’s not, here’s my explanation.
While I don’t doubt there ARE ace people who want literally nothing to do with sex, there are in fact a lot of ace people who are interested in fictional sex (in the fandoms where I post my art, at least), even though they are not interested in having it themselves. And there are people on the spectrum of asexuality who are still interested in having sex, such as demisexuals. One of the characters in the comic I used that tag on is demisexual, and is not interested in getting off through a large portion of the comic, and so after consulting the public, I was told it was fair for me to use that tag that describes him (you can read my first post asking whether tagging it asexual was insensitive or not here; last time I read it I had not received any replies saying I was using it wrongly). A lot of people who identified as ace actually contacted me when I was first publishing the comic and said they really appreciated my portrayal of a sexual person and asexual person navigating a relationship. Sensitivity towards the character’s sexuality was my foremost concern when I was writing it.
That said, it was also necessary for me to use those tags because some people who were reading the comics are very sensitive about the kind of stories they read. Early on in the first comic I had a problem where, because the character was ace but not tagged, a few people reading thought that he didn’t really love the other character because he wasn’t getting sexually aroused. Even though it might seem crass because it’s a porn comic, it’s also meant to be the characters’ explorations of their sexualities and how they fit together, not just simply Subject A + Subject B = sex, go. So in the second half it felt very important to properly define the kind of relationship they had, and that it included someone on the asexual spectrum, since porn can also be really sensitive for some people when it contains something they did not expect. Like I said, all of my porn posts currently are under cuts and heavily warned for, so none of the porn is visible unless you click it.
All that said, I’m not ace, so I can’t speak for ace people in situations like this, which is why I wanted to publish this and get feedback from people who are. Although, I use the tag very rarely and only in situations where a character IS ace, and I also never use it within the first five tags, so it really shouldn’t be showing up anywhere under that tag except my own blog, I will remove that particular tag from my artworks if others agree that it was insensitive of me to use it.
Edit: This person got in touch again and it turns out there’s apparently something buggy about the tumblr app that’s causing it to display my page and one of my porny comics in the tag header really consistently (I don’t use the app, so I don’t really know how it works) so it seems like that was the source of their frustration. I’m not totally sure how to fix that, since I’m not sure where it’s pulling the info from to determine my blog should be there; it could be pulling the tag, or mentions of it in the text body, idk. Hopefully Tumblr will be able to clear it up.
Tbh I hate Tumblr’s new search feature, why even have a tagging function when it’s just gonna pull words from anywhere in the tags or post and be totally unpredictable D: