A dear friend of mine recently introduced me to the word “queerplatonic.” Most simply put, queerplatonic refers to the deep, intimate, emotional connections sans a sexual relationship. It’s more than friendship, and different from a sexual, and sometimes romantic, relationship. The word zucchini is used to describe someone one’s queerplatonic, committed (perhaps life) partner. You can read about its meaning and subtleties at these links:
And, from the fyeah blog:
“Can we stop using “intimate” as a synonym for sexual?
Yes. Please. There are other kinds of intimacy, after all!
- romantic intimacy
- physical but non-sexual intimacy (hugging, cuddling, etc.)
- emotional intimacy
- intellectual intimacy (where you can freely share your ideas and interests with someone)
- activity-focused intimacy (where you do fun things together)
- the trust that develops when you’ve known someone for a long time or been through hardship with them
- probably some others I forgot”
I love distinguishing between different kinds of things- there are so many layers, even using words that seem so obvious. I’ve talked about that with regards to monogamy before, and the word intimacy is another that deserves investigation and interrogation.
I appreciate the use of the word queer in the word queerplatonic, as it speaks to the process of queering relationships. Let’s just upend everything we know, toss it around, and create something new and beautiful and conscious, shall we?
I’ve tried to think if I have felt “queerplatonic” feelings toward anyone in my life, and I am trying to think very specifically of someone that I have deeply loved in a heart-achey kind of way but didn’t desire sexual closeness with… I haven’t remembered anyone yet. I think I can pretty much say that anyone I have felt deeply connected to I’ve wanted to fuck, minus family. And the love I feel for long time vanilla friends seems like it might be a different feeling. And the human love I have felt deepen when a relationship has changed from a FWB to a non-sexual relationship also seems different. And now I’m thinking: Wait! There’s someone! Yep, that might be it. I could say that relationship is queerplatonic. Interesting.
There are just so many different kinds of connection, it’s hard to really name and describe and classify all of it.
Do you have any zucchinis in your life?