A commonly used a-spectrum flag

A-Spectrum, or A-Spec, is an umbrella term for all identities on the asexual spectrum and aromantic spectrum. It is also sometimes used more broadly to include other identities that use the "a-" prefix, such as agender and aplatonic.[1]

An alternate a-spectrum flag

The term a-spectrum was introduced by Tumblr users warriorsdebt, whes, and strategicgoat in 2015.[2][3]

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Controversy[edit | edit source]

Aces and aros have sometimes been accused of appropriating the term "a-spec" from the autistic community. This is impossible, as the term was created in 2015 specifically for aces and aros and has no prior usage history before that point.[4][5]

With the ace and aro communities, the term "a-spec" has also been criticized for introducing confusion through frequent misuse.[6] In response to aces sometimes using "a-spec" when only asexuals are relevant. Unfortunately, for some people, "a-spec" and "acespec" are phonetically indistinguishable when spoken aloud.

Flag[edit | edit source]

The a-spec flag was created by Tumblr user The-Moon-Is-Aroace on March 25, 2019.[7] The compass rose in the middle is a symbol of how people all experience attraction in different ways, if at all. The green and purple are on opposite sides of the quadrant to show that asexuality and aromanticism are their own separate and independent identities, with the black and grey quadrants connecting them. Black represents the aro ace community and grey represents grey communities.

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