Aromantic Spectrum Awareness Week Feb. 19-25

Feb 13, 2023 | Seattle Pride

Resources on Aromanticism

Aromanticism is a romantic orientation that encompasses people who experience romance as something disconnected from general societal expectations, often experiencing little-to-no romantic attraction, feeling repulsed by romance or being uninterested in romantic relationships, according to Aromantic Spectrum Awareness Week (ASAW).

As with all identities, the experiences of people on the aromantic spectrum (aros) are diverse and do not necessarily fall into the initial definition of aromanticism. Romantic orientation describes one’s attraction, not behavior. While some aros enjoy romantic activities and desire romantic relationships, others are repulsed by them.

Their experiences may be varied, but supporting aros and educating yourself on aromanticism is simple. The first step is being open-minded to seeing relationships beyond the long-term monogamous romantic relationships as equally valid and important. Bringing even just some understanding to the table is helpful to aros navigating a world of societal expectations they don’t conform to.

Here are a few resources to start with or share with your Aro friends:

  • AUREA has information about aromanticism (i.e. vocabulary, research and online resources) and regular updates on news within the aromantic community.

  • Arocalypse is a forum and social platform for aromantic people.

  • AZE Journal is an online journal of personal essays written by aspec people.

  • Carnival of Aros is a monthly collaborative blogging event relating to aromantic themes.

  • @Aro_Comics on Instagram has insightful analyses and helpful introductions to aromanticism.