Fictosexuality and 2D Love Articles

The following is a collection of news articles from various sources on the topic of fictosexuality/2D love.
This archive is solely informational in nature — coverage does not equal endorsement. Many of these articles portray the subject of 2D love in an inaccurate or negative light, and beyond that, some of these sources have a noted history of right-wing bias, misinformation, and hateful content.
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Articles Archive

What Does Fictosexuality Mean? (Newsweek, June 25 2022)
Fictosexual man not feeling the love from famous hologram bride (The Big Smoke (Australian opinion publication), May 5 2022)
'Fictosexual' Japanese man no longer able to communicate with hologram he married (Fox News, April 28 2022)
Fictosexuality Is Now a Thing: Real People Are Falling in Love With Fictional Characters (InsideHook, April 28 2022)
What is fictosexuality? All about the real people turned on by fictional characters (New York Post, April 27 2022)
Ever fallen in love with someone who doesn’t exist? You may be a fictosexual (The Guardian, April 26 2022)
Fictosexual man who married hologram singer says no family showed up to wedding (, April 25 2022)
This Man Married a Fictional Character. He’d Like You to Hear Him Out. (New York Times, April 24 2022)
What happened to the Japanese man who 'married' virtual character Hatsune Miku? (The Mainichi, January 11 2022)
Love in 2-D (New York Times, July 21 2009)

Why are these articles curated here?

Since FictoNeo is an openly and unabashedly ficto-positive resource, it may seem odd or counterintuitive to provide exposure to mainstream news outlets that portray fictosexuality and 2D love in a negative and/or disingenuous manner. That is why we do not present these articles unchallenged, and implore readers to do their own research and listen to the voices of actual ficto and 2DL individuals.

Beyond that, however, these pieces generally reflect cultural attitudes and practices regarding fictosexuality. Unpacking and understanding societal biases around ficto identity is an important part of the work FictoNeo does. While curating only articles that meet a certain standard of good faith might seem like a way to combat misinformation, it would only serve to paint a sanitized image of the very real problems with representation that we face.

The majority of these articles are not a good or accurate representation of their subject matter, but that does not mean they should be hidden. Regardless of one's opinions on fictosexuality and 2D love, we believe that each of these pieces has potential value as an educational resource.