You know it’s real when WebMD joins the discussion.
More specifically, WebMD says abrosexuality is “having different sexual or romantic attractions throughout your life,” may also have changes in their identity over time, and different intensities of attraction.
“For example, a person who is abrosexual might be sexually attracted to men at one point, then not sexually attracted to anyone weeks later,” WebMD’s abrosexual page reads, also noting that abrosexuality falls under the umbrella of “multisexuality,” in which someone is romantically or sexually attracted to more than one gender.
The prefix abro derives from the Greek term for “delicate” or “graceful,” which WebMD describes as the “movement and changing nature” of abrosexuality.
This Cosmopolitan article also noted that an abrosexual person may come out several times as their identity fluctuates.
“However, there isn’t a specific timeframe for an abrosexual person’s sexual orientation to change,” an article from the Gay Times reads. “It differs between each individual, as one person’s fluctuating sexuality could be erratic, while for others the timeframe may be more regular.”
A sexuality wiki also notes that “while it is possible — and even common — for a person’s sexual identity to shift or change in some way throughout their life, an abrosexual person’s sexuality may change more frequently, over the course of hours, days, months or years.”
And with this, the amount of identities one aligns with over time may range from multiple to just few. It differs per person.
The origins of the flag is unknown, while the origins of the term are said to have come from a user on DeviantArt in 2013. The identity then gained traction on Tumblr in 2016.
In some cases, abrosexuality can get mixed up with pansexuality and asexuality. But fear not, they are quite different.
- Pansexuality refers to the attraction to someone regardless of gender.
- Asexuality is low or absent sexual attraction or desire for sexual activity with others.
However, that does not mean an abrosexual person may not also use these identities to help describe who they are.
Happy knowledge hunting!