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Affinitive Orientations (also called Affectional Orientations) is a term used when describing orientations. It is an umbrella term for any orientations that describe which gender(s) one is or is not attracted to. It includes terms such as bi, pan, ace, lesbian, gay, and most other orientation labels that do not fall under the asexual spectrum or aromantic spectrum. Affinitive orientations are most commonly associated with sexual and romantic attraction, but the term can be applied to any forms of attraction. For example, terms like aplatonic or omnialterous are affinitive orientations.

Affinitive orientations can be further broken down into juvelic orientations (terms that references the gender of both parties in attraction) and non-juvelic orientations (terms that only reference the gender of one the parties in attraction).

Affinitive orientations are opposed to amative orientations. Affinitive orientations can be combined with amative orientation(s), however two affinitive orientations typically cannot be combined.

History

The term affinitive was coined by Tumblr user Neolabels on January 11, 2019.[1] It was named for having an affinity for a given gender.

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