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Monosexuality is romantic or sexual attraction to members of one sex or gender only.[1] A monosexual person may identify as heterosexual or homosexual.[2][3] In discussions of sexual orientation, the term is chiefly used in contrast to bisexuality,[4] or pansexuality and various other gender-inclusive or gender-neutral identities. It is sometimes considered derogatory or offensive by the people to whom it is applied, particularly gay men and lesbians.[2]

The Kinsey Reports found that, in experiences leading to orgasm, 63% of men and 87% of women could be described as "exclusively homosexual" or "exclusively heterosexual", and thus monosexual.[5]

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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).[6][7] 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. ^ Zhana Vrangalova, Ph.D., September 27, 2014, Psychology Today, Strictly Casual: What research tells us about the whos, whys, and hows of hookups, Retrieved Oct. 2, 2014, "...or monosexuality (attraction to only one sex)...."
  2. ^ a b Hamilton, Alan (16 December 2000). "Monosexual". LesBiGay and Transgender Glossary. Bisexual Resource Center. Archived from the original on August 5, 2007. Retrieved 8 September 2012.
  3. ^ May 22, 2014 by Samantha Joel, M.A., Psychology Today, Three Myths About Bisexuality, Debunked by Science: First of all, it's not a college phase, Retrieved Oct. 2, 2014, "...better understand the ways in which bisexuality is similar to monosexual (heterosexual, gay, lesbian) identities ...."
  4. ^ Sheff, Elisabeth (2005). "Polyamorous Women, Sexual Subjectivity and Power". Journal of Contemporary Ethnography. 34 (3): 251–283. doi:10.1177/0891241604274263. ...Dylan’s relationships with men and women each had distinct qualities that she felt a monosexual relationship could not hope to satisfy...
  5. ^ "Prevalence of Homosexuality". The Kinsey Institute. April 2011. Retrieved 8 September 2012.
  6. ^ Christian, Ed (2010). Polysexuality: When One Partner Isn’t Enough: Discovering Your Polysexual Orientation. CreateSpace. ISBN 1-4537-6517-4.
  7. ^ The term polysexuality is itself ambiguous and may also refer to romantic or sexual attraction to multiple genders or sexes (see Polysexuality).