Water is Wet, Everybody Dies, and Romantic People Suck at Friendship

The Thinking Aro

I want to engage with an article recently published in The Atlantic, titled “How Friendships Change in Adulthood.” I think that this piece of writing is important, in that those of us who are perma-single aromantics can learn something about allo* people and how they approach friendship with us. And I want to use this essay as a perfect and thorough example of why I choose not to build real, emotionally significant friendships with alloromantic people in my adult life.

My favorite part of the entire essay is the opening line:

“In the hierarchy of relationships, friendships are at the bottom. Romantic partners, parents, children—all these come first.”

I love it when people speak the cold, hard truth. Don’t you?

I’ve spent the entirety of my time writing this blog, talking about and concerned with the fact that there is this Romantic-Sexual Relationship Hierarchy, which is intertwined…

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