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6th Mar 2021, 6:00 AM in A Canterlot Wedding, Part 2
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Newbiespud 6th Mar 2021, 6:00 AM edit delete
I recently came to the conclusion that I'm aromantic, which has explained a fair bit of oddities in my life, but as a writer, I've always appreciated romances with a strong platonic foundation.

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Cygnia 6th Mar 2021, 6:10 AM edit delete reply
I ask the same about my husband every day too... <3
Vanshira 6th Mar 2021, 7:35 PM edit delete reply
Never been able to understand women who can't stop with "Oh, my husband is such an idiot, men are just overgrown children in general, lol". I mean, I don't think genuinely loving my husband is supposed to be weird or exceptional...?
Digo Dragon 6th Mar 2021, 7:13 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
First met my wife when we were in college and they just started up a "TTRPG club" for the first time. We were both dating other people at the time, but were friends for about eight years before we ended up dating each other. I find these "love at first sight" and quick engagements to be a bit unrealistic due to my personal experiences. But I guess it's hard to pace it out in a movie format when you only got two and a half hours to work it. TV shows don't have an excuse though! XD

Oh, and I can sometimes be sappy like Shining there with a well-written love scene.
BuffaloBrony 7th Mar 2021, 9:11 AM edit delete reply
I met my future wife in a college English class. She was freshman drawn to the two nerds (my friend and I) talking about the school's gaming club, and wanted to know when it met. I wouldn't say it was LOVE at first sight, but certainly there was 'interest at first sight'...
She joined the club, we started meeting regularly; and we started officially dating about 6 months later. She has been my wife for over 25 years now.

I wouldn't say I am a *hopeless* romantic, but to give you an example.... we still still celebrate our "date-iversary" (the anniversary of our first date).

I was a perennially broke college student, and she was less broke but still very thrifty. Our first date - about a week AFTER Valentine's day - I gave her "reduced for quick sale Valentine's day chocolates", the meal was 'on-sale' hot dogs at the local "university mart", and we went and saw a TERRIBLE sci-fi film at the student theater. Whole date for both of us, including the chocolates, was under $10. Our Dativersary tradition is now a dedicated night of (slightly higher grade) take out and terrible movies at home. But still the reduced for quick sale chocolates.... :)

Yes - we game together. Yes, we occasionally do the cheesy character couples. Yes, Shining Armor and Cadance up there ARE our spirit animals...
Digo 8th Mar 2021, 9:41 AM edit delete reply
My wife and I have never done characters as 'couples' in our history of gaming together. There was one short campaign where we were supposed to role play ourselves drawn into a D&D world, but even then we were doing our own things in the sessions, so maybe we just don't want to make things awkward for all the single players with us?
Guest 6th Mar 2021, 7:38 AM edit delete reply
So, I full expect someone to do this:

Mawwiage. Mawwiage is wat bwings us togeder today. Mawwiage, that bwessed awwangement, that dweam wifin a dream…

And wuv, twue wuv, will fowwow you foweva…

So tweasure your wuv—
Winged Cat 6th Mar 2021, 7:49 AM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
And now you have. To misquote a certain someone: be the mawwiage you wish to see in the world.
Eroraf 6th Mar 2021, 12:31 PM edit delete reply
And do you, Pwince Shining Awmow—

aylatrigger 6th Mar 2021, 2:44 PM edit delete reply
Mawe and Cowt.
Borg 6th Mar 2021, 10:38 AM edit delete reply
I wish I had figured out sooner that I was aromantic. Given the option, I'm not sure if I'd change the time I spent dating my closest friend; it was generally nice, even if it did quickly become apparent that my heart wasn't in it (pun intended), and I see it as a necessary step on the road to who I am today. But I would absolutely change the nearly three years that it took to sort out the resulting baggage, and I'm pretty sure I could do that by not taking two and a half years to figure out why my heart wasn't in it.

But as much as I bristle at any suggestion that romantic love is better than other types of love--and as much as that can get triggered so unpredictably that I sometimes set myself off with an imperfectly worded thought--I too am an incurable shipper with an appreciation for romances with a strong foundation.
Stephen Gilberg 6th Mar 2021, 11:41 AM edit delete reply
Stephen Gilberg
And I'm demiromantic. I can take it or leave it.
aylatrigger 6th Mar 2021, 2:53 PM edit delete reply
Anromantic myself too. Personally romance just looks weird and sometimes annoying to me. ...Also generally suck at acting romance out. I can do any alignment, but fall short with romantic or suducer type characters =_=. ...I am trying to do a stereotypical-bard-type (though actually a summoner) now in one game, and I would give my roleplaying an F-...
albedoequals1 6th Mar 2021, 3:54 PM edit delete reply
Aw. Shining Armor and Cadance really are a sweet couple. And a "real" couple playing a fantasy couple is cute too
SilverShadow4 6th Mar 2021, 7:14 PM edit delete reply
I've always had trouble expressing how I feel and why - thanks for finally giving me the word I've been looking for forever! I knew asexual wasn't QUITE right, but I'd never seen aromantic before (or if I have I wasn't paying attention).
Boris Carlot 7th Mar 2021, 1:33 AM edit delete reply
Jeeze. We have more Aros than Robin Hood in this comment section apparently. I also only just recently came to that conclusion myself but the evidence has been pretty much there the whole time.
Cliff_Robotnik 7th Mar 2021, 6:17 AM edit delete reply
I honestly can't tell if I am legitimately aromantic, or just REALLY do not want to deal with any other people that tied up in my life.

They say no man is an island, but I'm a peninsula at the very least.
RuBoo 7th Mar 2021, 6:21 AM edit delete reply
I’d say call me an archipelago, but I have no idea what that would imply... Since an archipelago is a cluster of entirely disconnected islands... But no man is an island, it don’t say nothing about archipelagos.
Cliff_Robotnik 8th Mar 2021, 3:37 AM edit delete reply
Context would suggest you socialize exclusively at a distance, likely via the Internet, with others whom do the same.
Brigid 13th Mar 2021, 9:50 PM edit delete reply
Extreme introverts unite! Over the internet.
RuBoo 7th Mar 2021, 6:18 AM edit delete reply
...Ain’t even trying to find out if I really am, but I might be... At any rate, shipper of the deeply-rooted here. With a specialty in OT3s. Be it Hamtaro-Bijou-Boss or Dawn-Ash-Serena, or even Sakura-Naruto-Hinata. Or Naruto-Sakura-Sasuke. Or... Y’know what? Just mix ‘em all together and see what sticks, Naruto characters’ll come out in a big, complicated clump. With Uchiha in the middle, surrounded by girls... All the ladies love that psychopath for some reason...
...Makes you wonder, though, is he ace aro? I haven’t read Boruto yet, so I don’t know...
Lady Sandry 8th Mar 2021, 6:06 AM edit delete reply
AroAce here. Took until I was in my mid-twenties to figure that out, but I knew pretty much from the get-go that I wasn't interested in dating. Had the usual tween-girl experience of 'planning my future wedding', but I was only enamored of the idea of a big party with a pretty dress and a fancy cake. Knew I wasn't interested in sex by the time I was 13, but didn't have a word for it until much later. I wasn't just uninterested, I was oblivious enough to read a book that was approximately 40% sex scenes (very explicit ones), and not realize I was reading about sex until after I was halfway through the sequel. It wasn't that I didn't understand what was going on (I had an actually decent sexual education via my parents and sister, though not my school), it was that my brain didn't make the connection between 'these characters are doing these specific things' and 'these specific things are sex, you moron'.

I LOVE realistic, sweet, grounded relationships in media and real life--just not ones with me involved! My parents and my sister's relationship with her husband are so honest and good that I use them as my basis for what a healthy relationship should look like, and if a media couple doesn't measure up, I can't support it.
Brigid 13th Mar 2021, 9:49 PM edit delete reply
Ace here! And also didn't figure it out until my mid-twenties! I didn't go through that 'planning my future wedding' stage. I thought boys were gross up until I was 18. Still think swapping spit is disgusting. Mostly, I spent my childhood and teens worrying that there was something wrong with me for a whole *host* of reasons, and being reassured by Mom that not being interested in boys is fine. (I think she was mostly glad to have one less thing to stress over.)

Welp, I *tried* looking for a guy after college, more out of a misplaced sense of obligation than anything, and eventually realized that I just was *never* going to be comfortable with even the notion of having sex and I probably wasn't emotionally mature enough to be a wife and mother, anyway. ASD is so much *fun.* Was also about the time I ran into a documentary on asexuality, which I'd never heard of before and explained *so much.*

Kinda freaked me out, too. Thankfully, I have very understanding parents, so while I was freaking out over explaining my non-binary sexuality to them, Dad asked, "Is it a problem?"

"Yes! It's a sexual deviation! It's..."

"No, I mean, is it causing a problem for you?"

"... Uh, well, no. It actually simplifies things tremendously. But...!"

"So it's not a problem."

Just thought I'd share with someone who also has awesome parents. ^_^
Brigid 13th Mar 2021, 9:37 PM edit delete reply
I'm asexual. I've had crushes on guys, but the thought of sex is just *shudder* *gag*

I wouldn't necessarily say I'm aromantic, I just don't *get* most of it. Asperger's doesn't help.

Interestingly, my parents met through 'The Gang,' a group of friends from the Computer Science department who mostly hung out and played D&D. Mom *really* wasn't into roleplaying games (and became less into it as she watched several of her friends become obsessed with the game to the detriment of their grades), but she was a computer science major and dating one of the members (not Dad) at the time. Mom doesn't have any specific memories of how she and Dad met beyond that and her then-boyfriend introducing them. Dad says the only memory he has of meeting Mom is a pair of absolutely enormous eyes that he kinda fell into. Mom and the guy she was dating eventually split up, and Dad went 'over-eager basset hound' in courting her. Including climbing across a bench to sit next to Mom. A bench containing several people that Dad *still* insists he was completely unaware of.

He had it *bad.*