Neir Posted March 11, 2019 Share Posted March 11, 2019 Hi everyone, In light of some discussions on our Discord, I wanted to throw out a discussion question! There has been a desire to coin an umbrella term for aros who feel romantic attraction in some way - something general to capture aros who very rarely feel it, who feel it under certain conditions, who feel it with certain frequencies, and who flow between feeling and not feeling romantic attraction, to name a few cases. What kind of term might encompass this? I was given word of a term for aros who experience no romantic attraction ever - null(o)romantic - but there is still a word missing for (for lack of a better term) 'everybody else.' I was at first under the impression that greyromantic covered this, but this term has been used in ways that haven't covered everyone in the aro community that we want to cover. Different people give it different definitions, and although it is a kind of umbrella identity, it's had some misinterpretation and miscommunication problems (especially because of its sibling greysexual, which is defined particular ways as well). Other options are very context-specific: spec aros vs. non-spec aros is one option that has unfortunately been a bit problematic because it implies that aros on the end of the spectrum (like nullromantics) aren't on the spectrum in the first place; other options have been used for specific purposes like relief from exclusionists both in and outside the aro community. The creation of a neutral term that encompasses aros that feel some degree of romantic attraction, in whatever form and in any case, would help make conversations comparing nullromantic (end-case aro-spec) and other aro-spec people without being unnecessarily wordy. It's important to have all aro-specs and the whole aromantic community to be accessible, especially as we grow. Inventing new terms isn't always the answer to everything, but I think that in this case it would be really useful. Let me know your thoughts! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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