Sheldon Cooper admitted that he could see himself having intercourse with Amy Farah Fowler in Thursday nights episode of the Big Bang Theory, according to the A.V. Club. The A.V. Club author cheered this revelation, but they should hold off on their celebrations. Asexuals annoyed at the revelation may want to delay sending angry letters to the producer.
Doctor Cooper, the socially-impaired scientist, made this admission to his neighbor Penny. Penny reacts with shock and awe. The writers probably wanted to push Sheldon in this direction for some time. The latest episode confirms it.
U.S. televisions viewers did not expect the show's writers and producers to take the high road. Years of asinine television comedy have lowered audience expectations. Even with lowered expectations, viewers were disappointed to see the Big Bang Theory use the boy-meets-girl, boy-wants-to-have-sex-with-girl television cliché. In fact, an actually asexual Sheldon Cooper would have provided a welcome change. Nothing about the character would have prevented Doctor Cooper from being socially inept, not having autism, and not experiencing sexual attraction.
Perhaps Jim Parsons did not want to portray an openly asexual character, although it seems even less likely that he wanted the character to enter a relationship with a woman. (Parson is in a relationship with his boyfriend in real life.) Perhaps the writer's and producers can make this interesting from a dramatic perspective. Perhaps Sheldon Cooper only thinks he wants to have relationships with Amy because of society's expectations. It would allow the character to remain asexual and it would be an experience to which many asexuals could relate.