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  1. http://www.bbc.com/news/stories-44143003 Not explicitly related to aromanticism, but I think that at least several of the people mentioned could benefit from exposure to the aromantic community and the idea that romantic relationships are not essential for happiness (and that communities exist that will not consider it strange that they have no romantic/sexual experience). The cultural messages that they have absorbed and been harmed by certainly make me angry. A few of them, with their descriptions of their reaction to people expressing romantic interest, might find that they identify with the aromantic spectrum. Thoughts?
  2. I hadn’t noticed (probably because I met them both before I knew I was aro), but I definitely agree.
  3. @Ice Queen I like Feyre and Rhysand’s relationship too. Have you read Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass series? I really enjoyed Celaena and Rowan’s relationship in Heir of Fire. (Although I got annoyed a bit annoyed with it in the fifth book.)
  4. My allo(romantic) friends think I give good advice (at least when my friend was struggling after breaking up with her boyfriend), even knowing I'm aro. Mine was generally along the lines of "you don't need to feel guilty about ending your relationship. You do not have an obligation to be in a relationship with anyone, let alone this person."
  5. @Apathetic Echidna Ok, sure, I could see Surreal and Rainier. I had thought of Rainier as gay, but I could see him as aro.
  6. Welcome! You made an account within a few days? I think it took me about 3 months 5 months of lurking before I actually made an account, so good for you! Dragons are cool.
  7. Karla from Anne Bishop's Black Jewels series ( @Apathetic Echidna )
  8. @Apathetic Echidna I read Anne Bishop too! (I haven't come across another person who does before... must have missed your previous comments.) I haven't read Shadows and Light though (it is the only one my library doesn't have ) I tend to like books where the romantic plot is slower... I don't like to be left thinking wondering when exactly the characters fell in love with each other. I suppose this is because with non romantic relationships, it generally takes time and actually knowing the other person to feel very close to them. (My impression is that romantic infatuation can cause people to skip a few steps (although what do I know?).)
  9. Ahhh! Someone else who actually reads Vorkosigan! I like the romance in that series in general... (Shards of Honor is one of my favorites.) I think I like them because the way the characters deal with romance is so much in line with who they are as a character (read Komarr and Civil Campaign). Sometimes in other series, it seems like once you add the romantic plot line, you can toss everything you know about that character out the window. I have also read Uprooted, but I didn’t find it terribly memorable, so I can’t comment.
  10. I have known I was aro since I was 18 (almost 2 years now), just after I discovered the term. I think I could have known when I was 12-13. As others have said: use whatever label feels most comfortable to you for as long as it feels the most comfortable, be that a few years or a lifetime.
  11. I think you definitely sound like you are somewhere on the aromantic spectrum. I might suggest looking up quoiromatic.
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