Affectional orientation, informally called romantic orientation, indicates which gender or sex with which a person is most likely to have emotional intimacy. Although a bisexual person may feel sexually attracted to both men and women, they may be predisposed to emotional intimacy with females. Likewise, a heterosexual male may be homoromantic. Moreover, emotional intimacy between partners does not require sexual attraction because attraction is not purely sexual. For some people, sexual orientation is reductionistic.
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