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    The pseudoromantic flag. A five striped flag with descending stripes of green, yellow, white, gray, and black.
    The pseudoromantic flag.

    Pseudoromantic is an aromantic spectrum microlabel that describes individuals who experience non-romantic attraction(s) which mimics or borders on romantic attraction.

    Pseudoromantic individuals experience strong attraction (such as aesthetic attraction, sensual attraction, or sexual attraction) which mimics romantic attraction, often by inducing romantic feelings. Despite this they lack the intrinsic desire to engage in romantic acts with that individual. The label pseudoromantic may fall under the green stripe aromantic umbrella.

    Some common pseudoromantic experiences might include:

    • Experiencing romantic feelings caused by tertiary attraction or sexual attraction without a drive to engage in romantic acts with the target of attraction.
    • Enjoying or being romantically interested in individuals in erotic content or fantasies but being uninterested in romantic activity with the individuals.
    • Experiencing romantic feelings caused by viewing or otherwise sensing an individual but lacking romantic attraction towards the individual.
    • Experiencing a non-romantic attraction so strongly it overwhelms any potential romantic attraction.

    Pseudoromantic may also be used as a prefix (eg. pseudo-biromantic) or as part of an angled aroace or oriented aroace identity.

    Pseudoromantic may be similar to aegoromantic, which describes an aromantic individual who feels a disconnect between themselves and the subject of romantic fantasy.

    Pseudoromantic may be distinct from various quoiromantic identities because the pseudoromantic individual is typically aware that they are experiencing an attraction distinct from romantic attraction.

    Pseudoromantic may also be used as a prefix (eg. pseudobiromantic) or as part of an angled aroace or an oriented aroace identity.

    The sexual equivalent to pseudoromantic is pseudosexual.

    Sub-labels

    Pseudoromantic may be considered an umbrella term with the following microlabels describing more specific pseudoromantic experiences:

    • Sensromantic is a microlabel of pseudoromantic which describes an individual who experiences specifically physical attraction that mimics romantic attraction.
    • Emovromantic is a microlabel of pseudoromantic which describes an individual who experiences specifically emotional attraction that mimics romantic attraction.

    History and Flag

    Pseudoromantic was coined by Wiki user JayZaPL and Reddit user AnonymousHermitCrab in the subreddit r/aromantic on May 22nd, 2022, along with its flag.[1]

    The pseudoromantic flag is modeled after the pseudosexual flag. It is the aromantic flag flipped upside down with a yellow stripe is added beneath the purple stripe to represent tertiary attractions such as platonic attraction which is commonly represented with the color yellow.[1]

    Etymology

    The term pseudoromantic is based on the Greek root word "pseudo-" meaning "false." The root word "pseudo-" was chosen to represent how non-romantic attractions present themselves as a false (pseudo) romantic attraction.

    The pseudoromantic microlabel sensromantic is based on the Latin root word "sens-" meaning "to feel." The root word "sens-" was chosen to represent the importance of visual (aesthetic) and other sensory (sensual) attraction in the orientations attraction.

    The pseudoromantic microlabel emovromantic is based on the Latin word "emovere" meaning "to move," root of the word "emotion." This was chosen to represent the importance of emotional attraction in the orientations attraction.

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