Aro Worlds About

Cartoon image of farmland and rolling hills, overlaid with the dark green/light green/white/grey/black stripes of the aro pride flag. The text Aro Worlds Connecting Aro Creatives and Aro Audiences sits across the image in a black, antique handdrawn type.

This is the WordPress mirror and static page archive for the Tumblr blog @aroworlds, a place for aro creatives to find an aro audience–and aro audiences to find aro-centred fictional media. As an aro creator struggling to get my work out into the world, and as an aro reader who’d love to find more aro representation, I made this blog as a one-stop place for aro-centric creative media.

I take submissions and asks, and I track the tags #aroworlds and #arospec creations. I absolutely encourage aro creatives to connect with us about their work!

Identity

I do not require that works be solely about being aro-spec. People are welcome to provide works that aren’t really about aromanticism but just happen to have an aro-spec protagonist or are low romance.

Aro-spec folks of all aro-spec, sexual orientation and gender identities are welcome. Works that depict QPRs and the romantic relationships and attractions experienced by folk who aren’t alloromantic (demiromantic or aroflux identities, for example) are absolutely welcome. Works that depict sexual experiences or contain sexual references are absolutely welcome. Low or no romance and low or no sexual content is not a requirement for inclusion.

Works recommended by aro-spec folks do not have to be specifically aro-spec; a lot of us relate to Word of God aromanticism or just no/low romance narratives, and these are absolutely worthy of discussion.

Creators do not have to be aro-spec, but aro-spec creators will be prioritised.

This blog will not take “how to write an aromantic character” questions, or asks about finding sensitivity readers, from alloromantic creators.

Safety

I do not have the spoons, as a disabled blogger, to check every single link and submission offered to this blog. I will be relying on the creators’ own willingness to advise for their works. For this reason, the following advisories apply:

  • Content reblogged or posted here does not mean an endorsement of the author, the author’s beliefs or the author’s approach to their subject.
  • Content reblogged or posted here does not mean it is considered safe for minors.
  • Content reblogged or posted here does not mean the passing of any quality checks, editing or vetting.
  • Content reblogged or posted here does not mean it is free of hateful, offensive or objectionable material.
  • Content reblogged or posted here does not mean it is free of or low romance.

If you see something that is unacceptable in a piece, send a polite message via ask or reblog. Please keep in mind that our creators are bravely posting their work, and we want to support, not discourage, their creativity. In no way is this to avoid the consequences of causing harm to others, but we all have privileges and we will all make mistakes. In a world where we aros are ignored and erased in wider society, we need to build a place where we feel safe to express ourselves. That means politeness when pointing out a problem and a willingness to learn, apologise to those hurt by it and do better next time.

Critique should help others improve and do better; it should not discourage or abuse. Bullying does not help creators make the media you wish to enjoy.

Please note that I am not engaged in any fandom beyond occasional ventures into Magic: the Gathering and Tamora Pierce. Please politely let me know if any piece or any author is a problem, but also keep in mind if a piece is appropriately tagged, flagged and/or advised for, and it depicts something harmful and its consequences without celebrating it, I am not likely to delete the post.

Please feel free to make use of Tumblr’s blacklisting feature by blocking the tags relating to formats, fandoms, authors and characters. I absolutely recommend blocking whatever it is you need in order to enjoy your time here.

Acceptable Content

Aro Worlds welcomes the following:

  • Original media submissions with aro-spec protagonists, aro-spec themes, aro storylines or low/no romance (poetry, prose, film, music, comics, artwork)
  • Fanfiction and fancontent (poetry, prose, comics, artwork)
  • Reviews, links, recommendations and discussions about aro fictional media (or media that appeals to aros)
  • Pride swag (aro creators will be prioritised)
  • Aro-spec creators seeking to connect with other aro-specs for editing, sensitivity reading, support as creators, promotion, advertising, networking, etc.

It doesn’t matter if you are professionally published, self-published or a hobbyist creator. It doesn’t matter if your work is flawless or a messy first draft you just want someone to read. It is all welcome here.

If you need some inspiration, please check out my list of creative post prompts!

Unacceptable Interactions

Aro Worlds will not accept the following:

  • Anti a-spec discourse, conversations, artworks and narratives. If you have exclusionist leanings and you decide to follow, please accept that this blog will lean inclusive. I will block anyone who tries to start anti-aro, anti-ace or anti-a-spec discourse on my posts, no matter how polite this discourse might be.
  • Anti-queer, truscum, transmedicalist, “dysphoria is required to be trans”, anti-multi-spec, “a-spec is an autism term”, “you can’t headcanon marginalised characters as ace/aro”, anti-kink, radfem and gender-criticial discourse, conversations, artworks and narratives.
  • Bullying of creators and/or readers. If you can’t be polite, you don’t belong on this blog.
  • Ship wars. You may happen across a ship you dislike, disapprove of or cannot tolerate. Unless the content is violating the list of unacceptable inclusions below, please just scroll past (or blacklist the appropriate tags).
  • Anti/anti-anti debates. I am uninterested in holding this conversation, but please know that I am for content advisories and appropriate tagging to protect audiences, that I personally do not wish to interact with work that romanticises many harm-causing things, and that I do not believe that depicting something by definition romanticises it.
  • Fandom discourse in general, especially conversations on which fandom properties or fandoms are and aren’t “acceptable” to engage in or which characters are unacceptable to enjoy or headcanon as aro. This blog takes a neutral stance on all such conversations.
  • Questions on being aro, different aro identities, aro 101, QPRs, definitions. This isn’t an advice blog.
  • Questions on how to write aromantic characters from alloromantic creatives. We are here to centre the needs of aromantic, not alloromantic, people. Please check out other aro blogs for this resource.
  • Stories that have heavy allosexual and alloromantic storylines without an aro-spec protagonist.
  • Stories that have heavy asexual and alloromantic storylines without an aro-spec protagonist.
  • Works that are about asexuality alone, not aromanticism and aromantic identities, unless they are low romance.
  • Romance negativity, as distinct from romance alienation and romance repulsion, as this harms too many of our fellow aro-specs.
  • Sexually explicit artwork and imagery (no longer permitted on Tumblr).
  • Sexually explicit prose/text that isn’t under a cut or behind a link and advised for or tagged.

To explain the last two points: sexually explicit material that can be viewed by someone scrolling through the blog is unacceptable. It needs to be behind a link or behind a cut and advised for so that it cannot be seen by someone who has not consented to interact with it. I will not claim that this blog is a safe space for minors, but followers must be able to consent to their viewing of this material.

(For more information on advising for sexual and romantic content, please see the media submissions templates page.)

Please note that this list is put together as a personal expression of the content and interactions I don’t consent to seeing on my blog/community. This list isn’t an invitation to discourse over acceptable or non-acceptable ways of being engaged in fandom, creative media and social justice conversations. However, it’s worth noting that I am Australian: unlike the US, drawn child porn is illegal in my country.

You are not allowed to screencap content on this blog to vague about it elsewhere. If there’s something you want to discuss, reblog the post.

Unacceptable Content

Works that promote, romanticise or celebrate:

  • Racism, Islamomisia, antisemitism
  • Cissexism, exorsexism, transmisogyny, intersexism
  • Ableism
  • Acemisia, aromisia, amatonormativity, monosexism, heterosexism, queer antagonism
  • Misogyny, rape, rape culture, whoremisia
  • Pro-ana and fatmisia
  • Abuse, violence, bullying
  • Incest, paedophilia
  • Hate speech not otherwise listed here

Works that include or sometimes depict these things (with the appropriate advisories) as a way of indicating the damaging impact they have on the target are acceptable; works that glorify these things or treat them in a pornographic way are not.

I will always reserve the right to not post anything I think unsuitable, even if it doesn’t quite fit the above limitations.

Please note that I do not support the idea that all characters needs must be “pure” to be good representation. I want stories about good aros, bad aros and human aros with a lot of grey. I don’t want story after story of sweet, sugary can-do-no-wrong cinnamon-roll aro-spec characters. This means acknowledging that creators can depict aro-spec characters doing all sorts of things we do not approve of in real life. If your narrative depicts the consequences for bad behaviours and doesn’t glorify them or treat them in a pornographic way–abuse happening simply for the audience’s enjoyment of a character being abused, for example–I won’t find your work to be a problem.

Again, please consider this a personal expression of content I choose to include and exclude on my blogs/communities. It is not commentary or critique on the content included or excluded by other bloggers.

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