Research on Aromantics

The following is a compilation of research done with and on aromantics as well as some academic resources on aromanticism-related experiences. This page will update as more investigations are conducted with the community. Where available, links and sources to find the reports have been included.

If you are a researcher wanting to get in contact with potential participants for an aroromanticism-focused or aromanticism-inclusive study, see our contact page for researchers.



Aromanticism

Experiences within the Aromantic Community

Aromantic Spectrum People’s Relation to Romance. (2019).
This survey investigated what kind of experiences relating to romance were most common among aromantic spectrum people and if those experiences differed between people identifying with different labels on the spectrum. It was conducted by the Tumblr blog ncmadsteve.
A full report on the results can be accessed HERE.

Arospec Identities and Experiences of Stigmatization. (2019).
This survey investigated the experiences aromantic spectrum people have in their everyday lives, with particular focus on stigmatization. It was conducted by the Tumblr blog aro-neir-o.
A full report on the results can be accessed here: PART ONE, PART TWO, PART THREE.

Aromantic Friendship Survey. (2018).
This survey investigated aromantic community attitudes to friendships, both with alloromantics and other aromantics. It was conducted by the Tumblr blog arokaladin.
A full report on the results can be accessed HERE.

Aromantic Gender Experiences. (2018).
This survey assessed the experiences aromantic spectrum people have with gender and whether/how these experiences are linked to their aromantic identities. It was conducted by the Tumblr blog arokaladin.
A full report on the results can be accessed HERE.

Lang, C. (2018). Intimacy and Desire Through the Lens of an Aro-Ace Woman of Color. (Bachelor’s Thesis). Bates College. Lewiston. USA.
Databases: SCARAB: Digital Commons@Bates College

Sondage sur la Communauté Aromantique. (2018).
This survey explored the French-speaking aromantic community. It gathers such data as demographics, experience with coming into aromantic identity, relationships, coming out, discrimination and involvement with LGBT+ communities. It was conducted by @robase - Association pour la promotion et la visibilité de l'aromantisme.
A full report on the results can be accessed HERE.

The Experiences of Allosexual Aromantic People. (2018).
This survey investigated the experiences allosexual aromantic people have in their daily lives. It was conducted by the Tumblr blog hella-aro.
A full report on the results can be accessed HERE.


Activism and Community Building

Aromantic Activism. (2019).
This survey assessed the current opinions of aromantic people on the topic of activism. It was conducted by the Tumblr blog aroacepagans.
A full report on the results can be accessed HERE.

The Community Needs of Aromantic People. (2019).
This survey investigated ways the aromantic community can meet the needs of all types of aromantic people. It was conducted by the Tumblr blog aroacepagans.
A full report on the results can be accessed HERE.

 

Amatonormativity

Görke, C. (2019). “Melted Your Cold Heart Yet?” Amatonormative Masculinity in Casino Royale and Spectre. The International Journal of James Bond Studies, 2(1).
Databases: The International Journal of James Bond Studies

Clardy, J. (2018). ‘I Don’t Want To be a Playa No More’: An Exploration of the Denigrating effects of 'Player' as a Stereotype Against African American Polyamorous Men. Analize - Journal of Gender and Feminist Studies.
Databases: Analize –Journal of Gender and Feminist Studies

Stucki, E. (2018). Compulsory Sexuality and Amatonormativity in Higher Education: A Photovoice Study with Asexual and Aromantic Students. (Master’s Thesis). Oregon State University. Corvallis. USA.
Databases: Oregon State University Scholars Archive

Brake, E. (2012). Minimizing Marriage: Marriage, Morality, and the Law. USA: Oxford University Press.
Databases: Oxford Scholarship Online

 

Singlism

Morris, W., Sinclair, S., & DePaulo, B.M. (2007). No Shelter for Singles: The Perceived Legitimacy of Marital Status Discrimination. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 10(4).
Databases: HAL archives, JSTOR, PsycNET, SAGE, SemanticScholar

DePaulo, B.M. & Morris, W. (2006). The Unrecognized Stereotyping and Discrimination Against Singles. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 15(5).
Databases: JSTOR, PsycNET, SAGE

 

QPRs and Romantic Friendships

Historical

Benemann, W. (2008). Male-male Intimacy in Early America: Beyond Romantic Friendships. New York, USA: Harrington Park Press.
Databases: Oxford Academic - Journals, Pro-Quest, PsycNET

Moore, L. (1992). “Something more tender still than friendship": Romantic friendship in early-nineteenth-century England. Feminist Studies, 18(3).
Databases: JSTOR, Philpapers, Pro-Quest

Rotundo, E.A. (1989). Romantic Friendship: Male Intimacy and Middle-Class Youth in the Northern United States, 1800-1900. Journal of Social History, 23(1).
Databases: JSTOR, Oxford University Press: Journal of Social History

Smith-Rosenberg, C. (1975). The Female World of Love and Ritual: Relations Between Women in Nineteenth Century America. Signs, 1(1).
Databases: JSTOR, Scinapse, The University of Chicago Press Journals


Modern

Nissen, A. (2009). Manly Love: Romantic Friendship in American Fiction. University of Chicago Press.
Databases: SAGE

Diamond, L.M. (2000). Passionate Friendships Among Adolescent Sexual-Minority Women. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 10(2).
Databases: CiteSeerX, PsycNET, Scinapse, Taylor & Francis Online

 

Relationship Anarchy

De las Heras Gómez, R. (2018). Thinking Relationship Anarchy from a Queer Feminist Approach. Sociological Research Online.
Databases: SAGE

 

Distinguishing Romantic and Sexual Orientations

Diamond, L.M. (2003). What Does Sexual Orientation Orient? A Biobehavioral Model Distinguishing Romantic Love and Sexual Desire. Psychological Review, 110(1).
Databases: JSTOR, Philpapers, PsycNET, PubMed, SAGE, Semantic Scholar

 

A-spec Experiences

Being A-spec and its Effects on Mental Health. (2019).
This survey assessed how being a-spec affects a-spec people’s mental health. It was conducted by the Tumblr blog magic-asexuals.
A full report on the results can be accessed HERE.

How non-SAM-using A-specs Interact with the Aromantic Community. (2019).
This survey investigated the experiences a-spec people have with the aromantic community. It was conducted by the Tumblr blog ask-an-aro.
A discussion of the results can be accessed HERE.

A-spec Labels. (2018).
This survey assessed what kinds of labels a-spec people tend to use. It was conducted by the Tumblr blog manningeli.
A full report on the results can be accessed HERE.

A-spec PDA Survey. (2018).
This survey assessed a-spec attitudes towards public displays of affection (PDA) in LGBT+ spaces. It was conducted by the Tumblr blog nblmgalaxy.
A full report on the results can be accessed HERE.