2 thoughts on “People Who Are Aromantic: Are They Targets of Bigotry?

  • May 21, 2020 at 5:47 pm

    This doesn’t count as an example of bigotry, per se, but perhaps as a potential insight into mindset…

    In my personal experience, I’ve noticed that people respond in similar ways to three things when they learn I don’t partake. Those three things are alcohol, coffee, and the bundled thing that is romantic relationships and sex together. If I mention that I don’t like biscuits and gravy, no one (yet) has tried to convince me that I just haven’t tried the right biscuits and gravy. If it comes up in conversation that I don’t like horror movies, no one suggests I might benefit from seeing a counselor. Should my favorite color NOT be orange, no one offers to paint my room that color. But stating that I don’t like coffee or alcohol tends to spark suggestions about where I could get better coffee or alcoholic drinks, thus to convert to a coffee- or alcohol-drinker, and a simple “nope” to the question of whether I am married sometimes occasions sympathy or confusion.

    One wonders whether I should find it telling that two of those three are addictive drugs. 🙂

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