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Aromantic asexual, also known by the abbreviations aroace[1] and acearo, is a term for someone who does not experience romantic or sexual attraction, making them both aromantic and asexual.[2]

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Oriented aroace

The oriented aroace flag created by biaroace on Tumblr[3]

Oriented aroace refers to someone who is aromantic and asexual and never experiences romantic or sexual attraction, but does experience another form of attraction that is significant enough to acknowledge alongside their aroace orientation.[1]

Angled aroace

The angled aroace flag created by black-aros on Tumblr[4]

Angled aroace refers someone who is on the aromantic spectrum (arospec) and the asexual spectrum (acespec), and experiences a form of attraction other than romantic or sexual that is significant enough to acknowledge alongside their aroace orientation. The label is used by people who are arospec asexual, aromantic acespec, or arospec acespec.[1] The term "angled aroace" was coined in 2019 by Tumblr user black-aros after finding out that the oriented aroace identity did not include aroace-spec individuals.[5]

Aroaceflux

The aroaceflux flag created by aroflagarchive on Tumblr[6]

Aroaceflux refers to someone is both aceflux and aroflux.[7] Both their sexual and romantic orientation fluctuates, but generally stays on the asexual and aromantic spectrums[8][9]. These fluctuations may occur at the same time or they may be independent. Aroaceflux can be an orientation on its own or can combined with other orientations. For example, someone could identify as aroaceflux and gay, meaning when they do experience attraction, it's usually towards the same gender. The term "aroaceflux" was coined by Quora user Ezrasberry in October 2020.[10]

Flag

The aroace flag, also referred to as the sunset aroace flag[11], was created by Tumblr user aroaesflags on December 11, 2018. The flag was created "with the experiences of aroaces who don’t split their attraction in mind", which is why the flag does not contain purple for asexual nor green for aromantic. It is meant to represent anyone who is on the asexual spectrum and aromantic spectrum together.[12] The specific meanings of the sunset flag are as follows:

  • Two shades of blue:  Represents "the aroace identity as well as the spectrum of aroace identities and experiences". The choice of color here is intended to be between green, for aromantic, and purple, for asexual.[12]
  • White: Wholeness. This is meant to represent aroaces who are "aplatonic, nonamorous, or otherwise not seeking a committed partnership", and also "how we are all whole people on our own".[12]
  • Yellow: Love and relationships that exist outside of more conventional ideas of romantic and sexual relationships.[12]
  • Orange: Community. Similar to the use of blue on this flag, orange is in between purple and green, for asexual and aromantic respectively. This represents "both the unity of ourselves as aroaces as well as our places in both the aro and ace communities".[12]

Media

Public figures

  • Alice Oseman[13]
  • Jaiden from Jaiden Animations[14]
  • Robin Skinner from Cavetown

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 AUREA: "All Aromantic Terms". AUREA - Aromantic-spectrum Union for Recognition, Education, and Advocacy. (Archived on January 29, 2022).
  2. Holleb, Morgan Lev Edward. The A-Z of Gender and Sexuality: From Ace to Ze. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2019. ISBN 9781784506636.
  3. biaroace: "Oriented Aroace Flag" (July 11, 2018). biaroace.tumblr.com. (Archived version). (Archived on January 24, 2022).
  4. official-angledaroace: "Angled Flag" (March 29, 2019). official-angledaroace.tumblr.com. (Archived version). (Archived on January 24, 2022).
  5. official-angledaroace: "Angled (Remake)" (August 17, 2020). official-angledaroace.tumblr.com. (Archived version). (Archived on March 2, 2022).
  6. aroflagarchive: "Aromantic Flag Archive". aroflagarchive.tumblr.com. (Archived version). (Archived on January 24, 2021).
  7. Pride-Flags: "Aroaceflux" (February 14, 2021). deviantart.com. (Archived version). (Archived on March 2, 2022).
  8. "What Does Aroflux Mean? + Other Aroflux Information To Help You Be A Better Ally!". queerintheworld.com. Queer in the World. (Archived version). (Archived on March 2, 2022).
  9. Glatzer, Jenna: "What does it mean to be aceflux? This micro-label is gaining traction in the asexual community" (August 27, 2021). mic.com. Mic. (Archived version). (Archived on January 1, 2022).
  10. Calrissian, Willow: "Coining a (not so new) term". theresultofinsanity.quora.com.
  11. "The Aroace Flag debate". reddit.com. (Archived on March 31, 2022).
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 aroaesflags: "Revised Aroace Flag" (2018-12-11). aroaesflags.tumblr.com. (Archived on March 19, 2022).
  13. Laura: "'Loveless' author Alice Oseman on why aroace representation in fiction is important" (2020-07-08). aces & aros. (Archived on February 21, 2022).
  14. Jaiden Animations: "Being Not Straight" (2022-03-21). youtube.com. Youtube.
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