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When it comes to who you want to spend your life with, there are many different things you have to know. Your sexual orientation may play a huge role in your relationship but your romantic orientation is an even bigger part. That’s right. In addition to there being specific sexual orientations, there are also different romantic orientations we all should educate ourselves on. The difference between sexual orientation and romantic orientation Don’t feel bad if you thought they were the same thing. The truth is, many people don’t realize that there are different types of orientations. There’s a huge difference between sexual attraction and romantic attraction. And that’s why they’re separated into specific orientations. Romantic orientation is who you’re attracted to on a romantic level. These are the people you see yourself developing a romantic relationship with. Sometimes these people are the same people you’re sexually attracted to, but not always. Sexual orientation, on the other hand, is who you feel a strong desire to have sex with.
- Aromatic. This romantic orientation can be a little difficult to understand to those of us who feel romance. And that’s because aromatic people do not. They have absolutely no desire to form a romantic connection with a person and they can’t feel it.However, they can feel sexual desire if they’re not asexual. There are far too many people labeling people of this romantic orientation as “smutty” simply because their relationships consist of sex only. And that’s because they just can’t feel a romantic connection.This is in no way true at all. They’re not smutty. They form relationships for the purpose of having sex and those people can also be companions to them. People who are aromatic can still have close friendships.
- Biros mantic. I’m sure by now you’re picking up that many of these romantic orientations are very similar to the names of sexual orientations. So that would mean this one is when someone is attracted to both men and women romantically.Those who are biromantic can feel a romantic connection and attraction with both men and women. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that is also their sexual orientation.
- Heteroromantic. If someone is romantically attracted to a different gender other than their own, they’re heteroromantic. This is also oftentimes paired with a person’s sexual orientation, but not always. More often, someone’s sexual orientation can be bisexual or even fluid while their romantic orientation remains heteroromantic.
- Homoromantic. When someone is homoromantic, they are romantically attracted to the same gender as themselves. Meaning men desire romantic relationships with other men and women with other women. This is definitely seen paired with someone also being homosexual, as well. But that’s not always the case and some can feel a romantic attraction toward their own gender but a sexual attraction toward another.
- Panromantic. If you’ve never heard of pan romantic, chances are you’ve never heard of pansexual either. No worries! This is a less common romantic and sexual orientation, but just as valid as the rest. Someone who is pan romantic can form a romantic attraction toward anyone, regardless of their gender. A person’s gender has absolutely nothing to do with whether or not they will feel romantically connected with them.
- Polyromantic. Don’t get this romantic orientation and pan romantics confused. They’re much different but can be seen as the same by those who are less informed. The fact is, being polyromantic is when someone can form a romantic attraction for multiple genders, but not all of them. So even if they are romantically attracted to all but 1, they’re still polyromantic and NOT pan romantic.
- Gray-romantic. This can be a little tricky to understand for a number of reasons. Basically, gray-romantic individuals can feel romantic attraction, but it’s very rare. They don’t experience it very often and when they do, there’s no rhyme or reason to it. This can be confused with demiromantic individuals, but it’s not the same. Those who are gray-romantic don’t know what makes them feel romance every now and then. It can be completely sporadic and there’s not a single trait nor person who can make them feel it. This is much different them demiromantics.