Heterosexuality

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Heterosexuality consists of sexual behavior, practices, and identity predicated on exclusive preference or desire for the opposite sex. As a sexual orientation, heterosexuality refers to "an enduring pattern of or disposition to experience sexual, affectional, physical or romantic attractions to persons of the opposite sex"; it also refers to "an individual’s sense of personal and social identity based on those attractions, behaviors expressing them, and membership in a community of others who share them".[1][2] The term is usually applied to human beings, but it is also observed in all mammals. Heterosexuality, bisexuality and homosexuality together make up the heterosexual-homosexual continuum.

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History and demographics

The demographics of sexual orientation are difficult to establish due to a lack of reliable data. However, the history of human sexuality shows that attitudes and behaviour have varied across cultures.

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