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Romantic Attraction flag by Artemis.[1]

Romantic Attraction is a desire to be in a romantic relationship with someone or doing romantic activities with said person. Usually this feeling involves limerence, strong emotions, and desire for reciprocation for example.

Romantic feelings are based upon various traits, qualities, or aspects.

Those who are romantic tend to experience crushes. A crush is an emotional desire for a romantic relationship caused by being romantically attracted to someone. It is a desire that is possibly temporary in nature and possibly never acted upon.

Someome who expirences little to no romantic attraction is aromantic (or on the aromantic spectrum).

Romantic attraction, along with romantic drive and romantic desire, are concepts closely related to the concept of romantic orientation. The term "romantic attraction," as a romantic parallel to "sexual attraction," was popularized by the asexual community in the early 2000s.[2] However, there are digitally-recorded uses of the phrase as far back as 1990.[3]


The use of romantic in English goes back to the seventeenth century when it was used to describe imagination and inventiveness in storytelling and also to characterize scenery and paintings. The word romantic, obviously, comes from the word romance. A romance originally was a type of story that was written in a romance language. That is, the languages that developed as offspring of Latin in areas that had once been Roman provinces. Since these stories were largely written about love and adventure, the word romantic became associated with them over the years.[4]

The word romantic is used to describe entire periods of history. In the last years of the eighteenth century in England and Germany, Romanticist designated those who were dissatisfied with the existing culture and who were enthusiastic about new forms in art and thought. But the Romantic movement in art and culture is more than a rare and isolated event in one country or another. It is a phenomenon of Western Civilization. It occurs within historic dates and possesses certain characteristics. Most historians place the most recent romanic movement between the years 1780 and 1905, with a brief resurgence in the 1960's.[4]

In the 1300s, the defintion was "a type of story, written or recited, in verse, telling of the adventures of a knight, hero, and/or etc". In the 1590s, the definition was "a type of classical music". In the 1670s, the definition was "a feature suggestive of romance". By the 1705, it was "characterization by poetic or inspiring scenery". Then in 1827, the definition was said to be "an adherent of romantic virtues in literature". In 1885, it shifted back to "characterized by expression of feeling more than formal methods of composition" refering to music. Later in the 1960s, it became "having a love affair as a theme".[5] From there is eventually shifted to our modern understanding of the word.

On December 6th, 2020, Artemis created a flag for romantic attraction.[1]

Sometime between then and 2022, Zer0Rebel4 on FANDOM made an alternative flag.[6]

On December 18th, 2021, malaikans made an alternative flag too.[7]

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  2. AVEN: Questions Asked by Asexual and Questioning People (2003)
  3. Feingold, A. (1990). "Gender differences in effects of physical attractiveness on romantic attraction: A comparison across five research paradigms." Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 59(5), 981.
  4. 4.0 4.1