Asexual and aromantic glossary
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- 1 Basic concepts
- 1.1 Ace
- 1.2 Alloromantic
- 1.3 Allosexual
- 1.4 Aro
- 1.5 Aromantic
- 1.6 Aromantic spectrum
- 1.7 Asexual
- 1.8 Asexual spectrum
- 1.9 Aspec
- 1.10 Biromantic
- 1.11 Demi
- 1.12 Demisexual
- 1.13 Grace
- 1.14 Gray-A
- 1.15 Gray-ace
- 1.16 Gray-asexual
- 1.17 Heteroromantic
- 1.18 Homoromantic
- 1.19 Panromantic
- 1.20 Romantic orientation
- 1.21 Sex-averse
- 1.22 Sex-favorable
- 1.23 Sex-indifferent
- 1.24 Sex-repulsed
- 1.25 Split attraction model
- 2 Terms relating to discrimination
- 3 Identity microlabels
- 3.1 Abrosexual
- 3.2 Aceflux
- 3.3 Acespike
- 3.4 Acevague
- 3.5 Aegosexual
- 3.6 Akoisexual
- 3.7 Amicussexual
- 3.8 Apressexual
- 3.9 Autosexual
- 3.10 Autochorissexual
- 3.11 Bellussexual
- 3.12 Caedsexual
- 3.13 Cupiosexual
- 3.14 Fictosexual
- 3.15 Fraysexual
- 3.16 Iamvanosexual
- 3.17 Inactsexual
- 3.18 Lithosexual
- 3.19 Omniasexual
- 3.20 Panasexual
- 3.21 Placiosexual
- 3.22 Reciprosexual
- 3.23 Quoisexual
- 4 Combination terms
- 5 Other relevant terms
- 6 People and organizations
- 7 References
- 8 See also
- 9 External links
Only experiences sexual attraction to those with whom one has first formed a deep emotional connection.:90 Distinguished from other microlabels in that a large number of people identify as this. The opposite of fraysexual. The romantic counterpart is demiromantic. (Latin: demi=half)
Alternatively grey-asexual, gray/grey asexual, gray/greyasexual or gray/greysexual. Experiences sexual attraction only rarely, at a low level, or under specific circumstances.:146 This is a broad umbrella term for those on the asexual spectrum who are not completely asexual. The romantic counterpart is gray-aromantic.
Experiences romantic attraction to people of any gender. A romantic counterpart to pansexual, and a useful term for those on the asexual spectrum.
Happy to engage in sex. The romantic counterpart is romance-favorable. Not to be confused with sex-positive, which relates to one's opinion on sex in general (for everyone, not just oneself).
Does not feel one way or the other about engaging in sex. The romantic counterpart is romance-indifferent. Not to be confused with sex-neutral, which relates to being neutral or indifferent toward sex in general (for everyone, not just oneself).
Split attraction model
Terms relating to discrimination
Discrimination against asexuals or people on the asexual spectrum.
The assumption that everyone should have the goal of being in a romantic relationship, resulting in the marginalization of people who do not have this goal.:27
The marginalization of people on the asexual spectrum either by passive exclusion from popular culture and media or by actively denying the reality of asexuality. The romantic counterpart is aromantic erasure.
Has a fluid or changing sexual identity. In practice, this term is generally used by those on the asexual spectrum, but may also be applicable to allosexuals. The romantic counterpart is abroromantic.
Has an asexual spectrum orientation that is influenced by neurodivergency. The romantic counterpart is arovague.
Aegosexuals experience attraction to others, but feel a fundamental disconnect between themselves and the object of attraction. They typically experience sexual fantasies about others in a disassociative way (e.g. from a third-person perspective) without any desire to actually be involved in them. This term has largely replaced the earlier term autochorissexual. The romantic counterpart is aegoromantic. (Greek and Latin: a-ego=without me)
Experiences attraction to others, but does not want it returned. Akoisexuals will generally stop being attracted to anyone who reciprocates their feelings. This term is an alternative for lithosexual due to the latter having a different meaning in the lesbian community. The romantic counterpart is akoiromantic. May be considered the opposite of either cupiosexual or reciprosexual.
Only experiences attraction to someone after a platonic relationship is established. A subset of demisexual. (Latin: amicus=friend)
Only experiences sexual attraction to someone after feeling another kind of attraction (romantic, aesthetic, platonic etc.) to them first. (French: apres=after)
An earlier synonym for aegosexual. Was originally coined and conceptualized by Anthony Bogaert. This term has been largely replaced due to being a) overly long and b) initially coined to describe a paraphilia rather than a sexuality. (Latin)
Only attracted to fictional characters.
An iamvanosexual is happy to have sexual acts performed on them, but does not wish to perform them on others. The opposite of placiosexual.
Strictly asexual with no attraction to anybody, ever, under any circumstances. The polar opposite of omnisexual. The romantic counterpart is omniaromantic.
A synonym for omniasexual, and the polar opposite of pansexual. The romantic counterpart is panaromantic.
Only experiences sexual attraction to another person after the latter is first attracted to the reciprosexual. In a sense, the opposite of akoisexual (whose attraction disappears once it is returned). The romantic counterpart is reciproromantic.
Asexual and on the aromantic spectrum.
Neither asexual nor aromantic, but on both spectra.
Aromantic and asexual.
Demisexual and bisexual.
Demisexual and straight.
Demisexual and pansexual.
Having two or more different identities on the asexual spectrum. The aromantic spectrum counterpart is myrromantic.
An aroace person who experiences another form of attraction (e.g. platonic, aesthetic) that they feel is significant enough to be labelled.
Other relevant terms
A type of attraction that cannot be categorized as either romantic or platonic.
An informal symbol of the asexual community, derived from the supposed mythical status of asexuals in the minds of many.
Mixed orientation relationship
An acronym for Marginalized Orientations, Gender Alignments, and Intersex. Intended as an all-inclusive alternative to the LGBT+ acronym.:178
Lacking any desire to form relationships. A term opposed to both “polyamorous” and “monoamorous”.
The phenomenon in which those in a queerplatonic relationship pretend to be in a romantic relationship for the purpose of staving off questions.
A relationship that is not quite romantic but involves a close emotional platonic connection, and does not fit the traditional definition of either a friendship or a romantic relationship.  A useful term for those on the aromantic spectrum.
Has romantic and sexual orientations that differ in terms of how, and to whom, one is attracted. The opposite of perioriented.
People and organizations
Anthony Bogaert is a Canadian professor, clinical psychologist, and author of a considerable amount of scientific literature about asexuality and people on the asexual spectrum, including the book Understanding Asexuality. Conceptualized and coined the term autochorissexual, which has subsequently been largely replaced by aegosexual.
Julie Sondra Decker
An American author, YouTuber, and asexual activist.
Asexual activist and founder of AVEN.
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