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  1. "Soulmate" by Lizzo is all about being your own soulmate.
  2. "Kissing is gross, you just mash your food-holes together!"
  3. I actually enjoy a good romantic movie, especially romantic comedies. But I've seen some pretty dire ones, and my personal least-favourite is "He's Just Not That Into You". There isn't much of a plot - it's just a bunch of people and their romantic entanglements. What made it so irritating is the relentless sexist stereotyping. Despite the women being beautiful and intelligent with interesting careers, they are all total messes without a man to depend on. They're portrayed as clingy, needy and desperate, while the men are all emotionally-constipated and commitment-phobic. Bleurgh. Also, the fourth Twilight movie. A teenage girl gets knocked up with a vampire baby that makes her all emaciated and weak and damn-near kills her - I just think it would work better as a horror movie than a romance.
  4. Buy the tee-shirt! If nothing else, you could wear it as a pyjama top. And if you want to wear it in public, you totally should. I know how discouraging it can be when people say ignorant stuff, but awareness of "invisible orientations" is increasing, and people are learning and growing all the time. Whether or not you choose to come out, I hope your friends get their heads out of their bums. Best of luck!
  5. Yesss! I stumbled across this on Twitter and I'm very excited about it.
  6. Aha, this looks like the perfect thread to post this. It's a kickstarter-funded anthology of speculative short stories and poems, centered around aro characters and platonic relationships. If you're interested in submitting a short story or poem, here's a link to the submissions page. https://commonbondsantho.com/call-for-submissions/
  7. My friend stopped watching Doctor Who because his wife doesn't like it, which is just mind-boggling to me.
  8. Whatever you do, don't say that out loud - people do not react well to it, trust me! I totally agree though - it seems so suffocating and unhealthy. Unfortunately, society romanticises possessive behaviour so people tend to think it's a good thing.
  9. I do this - use my laptop for writing prose, and pen and paper for writing poetry. I find that poetry "flows" better when I write with a pen rather than typing.
  10. Like you said, no-one can give you a yes or no answer but sometimes your gut reaction will tell you what you need to know. For what it's worth, your experiences sound very similar to mine and I identify as aromantic. Regardless of whether or not you decide to use the label, this website and AVEN https://www.asexuality.org/ are good places to explore.
  11. Absolutely. Society worships romantic love, so there's a lot of pressure for people to always feel the grand passions of a romance novel. I doubt that's easy to maintain in a long-term relationship.
  12. This made me happy - I'd never made the connection with aero chocolates, haha. I hope you manage to write about your aro experiences someday.
  13. This is without a doubt my fave thread on Arocalypse. Faith from Buffy the Vampire Slayer seems aro as hell to me, especially in Season 4. My reasoning (which is long-winded and complicated):- 1) When she wakes up from her coma, she's pissed at Buffy because in her eyes, Buffy screwed everything up for a guy (Angel) and now she's not even with him, but is dating some other guy (Riley). This is so relateable! It's annoying and difficult to understand when people sacrifice friendships and other important things for a romantic relationship, then break up with that person, then fall in love with someone else five minutes later. 2) When she has sex with Riley (in Buffy's body - it's complicated) she seems to be enjoying herself until Riley gets romantic, at which point she gets irritated and unsure. Afterwards, Riley says "I love you" and she freaks out and pushes him off her. Maybe this is supposed to be her thinking "Oh my gosh, perhaps I could be worthy of love and that's scary because I'm emotionally damaged!" but to me, it looks like that magical combination of romance repulsion and guilt because she's "using" him for sex. 3) More generally speaking, she just doesn't seem interested in romantic relationships. She kicks Xander out after sleeping with him, and there's this great scene where she's dancing with a bunch of guys and Buffy drags her away. She says "Call me!" but points at all of the guys instead of one of them, haha!
  14. Sorry about that, I posted a screwy link. Try this one:- https://corastillwrites.wordpress.com/
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