Repulsion descriptors are used to classify an individual's stance on taking part in activities corresponding to certain types of relationships. They are meant to classify both the attraction as well as the level of repulsion toward taking part in any type of relationship or interaction in one compact term. For example, someone who is asexual but sex favorable, and would only consider having sex with someone of the same gender would be asexual homofav under this terminology. This terminology seeks to strictly separate the notion of attraction from the notion of actually taking part in a relationship.
Each identity is comprised of four parts: attraction, type of relationship or interaction, spectrum of gender (which they are attracted to or repulsed by), and favorability.
The structure of an identity is as follows:
Attraction + spectrum of gender + type of relationship + blank space + spectrum of gender + favorability
The spectrum of gender on either the attraction, favorability or both may be omitted for any reason such as privacy or uncertainty.
Please note that the following lists are not complete, but are meant to give a little selection and build intuition for how to create other labels with this terminology.
Attraction refers to how someone experiences a type of attraction in terms of how or when they experience it. Prefixes for attraction include:
Type of relationship or interaction refers to what kind of relationship the individual is referring to. Suffixes for type of relationship or interaction include:
Possible gender spectrum refers to who the individual may feel attraction or repulsion towards. This section can be placed between attraction and type of relationship, before favorability or in both places. It may also be omitted if the individual feels no attraction and is repulsed by being in the type of relationship. Prefixes (and/or suffixes) for gender spectrum include:
- El- - [else] When someone is referring to everyone outside of a previously mentioned gender spectrum
Favorability refers to someone's opinions on interactions or relationships of the type of relationship. Suffixes for favorability include:
- -fav - [favorable] When someone is favorable of interactions
- -ambi - [ambivalent] When someone has mixed feelings towards the interactions
- -ndif - [indifferent] When someone does not have strong positive or negative feelings towards the interactions
- -ave - [averse] When someone finds the interactions undesirable, uninteresting, uncomfortable, or otherwise unwanted
- -rep - [repulsed] When someone finds the interactions undesirable (perhaps repulsive/disgusting/revolting), uninteresting, or otherwise uncomfortable or unwanted
- -osc - [oscillation] When someone's feelings towards the interactions fluctuate
Additionally, if an individual has specified that their possible gender spectrum for the favorability of an interaction encompasses a specific group, they may wish to add a third word to specify their favorability for other gender identities outside of the specified group. For example, someone who is heterofav and repulsed by all others could identify as "heterofav elrep" ("el" referring to all else). Some may prefer not to use this identifier, either because they wish to leave their favorability ambiguous or if their gender spectrum already encompasses all gender identities (e.g. pan).
- Someone who is demisexual as well as being bisexual, and has mixed feelings towards sexual relationships or interactions may be demibisexual ambi.
- Someone who experiences no platonic attraction, and their feelings towards platonic relationships or interactions and who they might have them with fluctuates, then the individual may be aplatonic abrosc.
- Someone who experiences romantic attraction to individuals of the same gender, and feels indifferent to romantic relationships or interactions may be allohomoromantic ndif
The system was created by discord user JoDa in order to have a simple way of explaining one's stance on taking part in an activity or relationship connected to a certain type of attraction. Repulsion descriptors where made with a-spec individuals in mind.