Neir Posted June 18, 2019 Share Posted June 18, 2019 A long title, but it's something we were chatting about in the Arocalypse Discord that I wanted to share. When we (aros) explain the term "aromantic" to someone we often want to give them a short and accessible definition that is "good enough." Of course, defining aromanticism is complex because it overlaps with other terms we have (like "aro" and "arospec") and there are a lot of relationships within the community that are very tense right now. So, what I'm not asking is to define the best umbrella term for aromantics, because that's a separate discussion that we're not ready to have, but what I do want to know is how people feel about the current "official" or layperson-facing definition(s) of aromantic. Aromantic is often defined as experiencing little to no romantic attraction nowadays (as is the Merriam-Webster definition in the dictionary), but there are some identities under the aro umbrella that aren't captured by "little to no attraction." These identities might be covered under the "little" part of the definition sometimes, because even when people experience romantic attraction, their decision to engage or not engage in romance and romantic relationships makes their experience of romance "little" comparatively. But, the definition isn't perfect. For many aros, their being aro is dependent on factors other than attraction. Right now, this tentative definition is going around a few of us and I'm curious about what you think of using it for a quick but representative definition of aromantic. Quote Aromantic: describes a person who experiences little to no romantic attraction or whose experience of romance is disconnected from normative societal expectations of romantic intimacy 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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