Coyote Posted March 15, 2019 Share Posted March 15, 2019 (edited) ETA 4/29/2020: It's still relatively common for people to use this term without knowing where it came from/what it entails ideologically, so in the interest of helping with that, I'm updating this post with some more condensed notes The term "split attraction model" is no older than 2015 comes from outside the ace and aro communities comes from the same crowd who thinks "allosexual" is a bad word is linked to anti-ace, anti-aro, and anti-bi ideologies For more detailed info, see here and here and here If you're looking for alternatives, ask yourself what you're actually trying to get at For orientation stuff, consider: aro quoisexual, unit aro, aro neu, varioriented, etc. For attraction stuff, consider: attraction subtyping, differentiating types of attraction, etc. For treating attraction as the same thing as orientation, don't For continuity' sake, below is the previous/original text for this first post. *** Since recently posting Romantic Orientation and the "Split Attraction Model" are not the same thing, I've been doing some more thinking about the issues it raises, and I wanted to solicit more info/perspectives. Some things from that post: The earliest use of "romantic orientation" as a term I've found in ace contexts dates back to approximately 2005, give or take, although it seems like it may well have been in use prior to that. (Outside of ace or aro contexts, the older term is "affectional orientation.") The earliest use of "split attraction model" as a term I've found dates back to approximately 2015, and although I can't tell exactly who coined it, it seems to have come from people who are under neither the aro nor ace umbrellas and started the discussion as part of a (renewed) reactionary movement against ace tumblr, which expanded into attacking aro tumblr as well. In the comments of my post, you can find some of us discussing the concept of labeling a "split attraction model" and how useful it is or isn't as an umbrella term & in what ways. Some questions I have for y'all: What have you seen people using "split attraction model" to mean? What does it mean to you? If somebody says that they use it, what does that mean to you? If somebody says they don't use it, what does that mean to you? Do you usually think of "split attraction" correlating with "having more than one orientation," or no? Does anybody have a source dating it back prior to 2015? Any other thoughts on the dilemmas raised? Does it fill a lexical gap? Does it have multiple meanings? Is it useful? [ETA 7/13/19: repurposing this old thread as a more general invitation to talking about where the term came from. Right now, the oldest uses I can find are from people on Tumblr in 2015 using it as a name for something bad, specifically in conjunction with calling ace community language homophobic.] Edited April 30, 2020 by Coyote Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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