An Aromantic Primer

The Thinking Aro

What does it mean to be aromantic? 

An aromantic person is someone who doesn’t experience romantic attraction.

Are all aromantics also asexual?

No! Aromantics exist in every sexual orientation group. There are plenty of aromantic asexuals but there are also aromantic heterosexuals, aromantic homosexuals, aromantic bisexuals, and aromantic pansexuals. Aromanticism is about lack of romantic attraction, not sexual attraction. The most common individual is someone who experiences both romantic and sexual attraction and whose two attractions match, and usually these matching romantic and sexual orientations get rolled into one identity word: “straight” for someone romantically and sexually attracted to the opposite gender, “gay” for someone romantically and sexually attracted to the same gender, etc. However, besides asexuals, there are cross-orientation allosexuals—people who experience primary sexual attraction and whose romantic and sexual orientations don’t match—and aromantic allosexuals are a variation of this.

Isn’t an aromantic allosexual just somebody who wants sex…

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