Romance is Not Love: What Negative Aromantic Stereotypes Say About Romantic People

The Thinking Aro

When they aren’t forgotten or ignored completely, the most common reaction that aromantic people get from ignorant romantics sounds something like this:

“You can’t be aromantic, that isn’t a real thing, you just haven’t met The Right Person and fallen in love yet, because romantic love is the ultimate human experience, so saying that you are an aromantic human being is as nonsensical as saying you’re a human being who doesn’t need oxygen to survive. Only psychopathic criminals feel no romantic emotion or a desire for romantic relationships. Something is seriously wrong with you if you can’t or don’t want to fall in love.”

What they’re implying is: aromantic people are cold, heartless, unfeeling individuals who are antisocial loners with no desire or capability for positive attachment and connection in the context of an interpersonal relationship with someone else. If you don’t want romantic love, you don’t want love, period…

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