Hallo, Aro is a series of flash fiction stories about allosexual aromantic characters navigating friendship, sexual attraction, aromanticism and the weight of amatonormative expectation.
Contains: Reflections on the West’s culture of sexualisation and the ways this makes and shapes a world hostile to aromantic allosexuality.
Content Advisory: This piece describes several shapes of antagonism directed at women, sex workers, bisexuals/multisexuals and queer people. Please also expect references to Christianity and Catholicism, frequent use of “queer” as a plural noun, uses of the misogynistic/sex-worker antagonistic slurs “slut” and “whore”, casual references to sex acts, and many references to the expectation that idealised/acceptable sex takes place in the context of (romantic) love.
Length: 997 words / 5 PDF pages.
Note: This is the first in a series describing the different angles of pressure allo-aros endure from family, society, the queer/LGBTQIA+ community and, yes, the a-spec and aromantic communities. We need to better acknowledge the way Western society’s sexualisation and sexual demonisation create a world inherently toxic to allo-aros–especially when we are also subject to misogyny and monosexism.
The new rule seared into hir skin: hide the sex that taints the queer fight for straight acceptance.