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Monosexuality is romantic and/or sexual attraction to members of one sex or gender only. A monosexual person may identify as heterosexual or homosexual.[1] In discussions of sexual orientation, the term is chiefly used in contrast to bisexuality (or to pansexuality). It is sometimes considered derogatory by the people to whom it is applied.[1]

The Kinsey Reports found that, in terms of experiences leading to orgasm, 63% of men and 87% of women could be described as "exclusively homosexual" or "exclusively heterosexual".[2]

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The term monosexuality has also been used in contrast to polyamory (which is commonly confused with polysexuality), which is used to refer to people who desire or fantasize about sexual relations with more than one partner.[3][4] Under this definition, a monosexual person desires sexual relations with only one partner and (like polyamorous people) may be homosexual, bisexual, or heterosexual.

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  1. ^ a b Hamilton, Alan (16 December 2000). [Archived August 5, 2007 at the Wayback Machine "Monosexual"]. LesBiGay and Transgender Glossary. Bisexual Resource Center. Retrieved 8 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Prevalence of Homosexuality". The Kinsey Institute. April 2011. Retrieved 8 September 2012. 
  3. ^ Christian, Ed (2010). Polysexuality: When One Partner Isn’t Enough: Discovering Your Polysexual Orientation. CreateSpace. ISBN 1-4537-6517-4. 
  4. ^ The term polysexuality is itself ambiguous and may also refer to romantic or sexual attraction to multiple genders or sexes (see Polysexuality).