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'''Heterosexuality''' refers to [[human sexual behavior|sexual behavior]] with or attraction to people of the opposite sex, or to a heterosexual orientation. As a [[sexual orientation]], heterosexuality refers to "an enduring pattern of or disposition to experience sexual, affectional, or romantic attractions primarily 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."<ref name="apahelp">{{citation |url=http://www.apahelpcenter.org/articles/article.php?id=31 |title=Sexual Orientation and Homosexuality |periodical=[[American Psychological Association|APA]]HelpCenter.org |accessdate=[[2007-09-07]]}}</ref><ref name="brief">[http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/courts/supreme/highprofile/documents/Amer_Psychological_Assn_Amicus_Curiae_Brief.pdf APA California Amicus Brief Please fix this cite<!--Bot-generated title--> and remove this comment when done.]</ref> The term is usually applied to [[human]] beings, but it is also observed in all [[mammal]]s. The physical action of heterosexual [[Human fertilization|fertilization]] is the only means of sexual reproductive capability among humans without the use of [[assisted reproductive technology]]. The associations with [[romantic love]] and [[Sexual identity|identity]] in addition to its original, exclusively sexual, meaning dates back to early human societies and [[gender role]] separation. As such, gender role separation has been the subject of considerable scholarly commentary and study in human societies since the earliest written records. Heterosexuality has been more intensely studied by [[medicine]] and later [[biology]] disciplines, and more recently that of [[psychology]]. Heterosexuality, along with [[bisexuality]] and [[homosexuality]] together make up the [[heterosexual-homosexual continuum]].
 
'''Heterosexuality''' refers to [[human sexual behavior|sexual behavior]] with or attraction to people of the opposite sex, or to a heterosexual orientation. As a [[sexual orientation]], heterosexuality refers to "an enduring pattern of or disposition to experience sexual, affectional, or romantic attractions primarily 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."<ref name="apahelp">{{citation |url=http://www.apahelpcenter.org/articles/article.php?id=31 |title=Sexual Orientation and Homosexuality |periodical=[[American Psychological Association|APA]]HelpCenter.org |accessdate=[[2007-09-07]]}}</ref><ref name="brief">[http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/courts/supreme/highprofile/documents/Amer_Psychological_Assn_Amicus_Curiae_Brief.pdf APA California Amicus Brief Please fix this cite<!--Bot-generated title--> and remove this comment when done.]</ref> The term is usually applied to [[human]] beings, but it is also observed in all [[mammal]]s. The physical action of heterosexual [[Human fertilization|fertilization]] is the only means of sexual reproductive capability among humans without the use of [[assisted reproductive technology]]. The associations with [[romantic love]] and [[Sexual identity|identity]] in addition to its original, exclusively sexual, meaning dates back to early human societies and [[gender role]] separation. As such, gender role separation has been the subject of considerable scholarly commentary and study in human societies since the earliest written records. Heterosexuality has been more intensely studied by [[medicine]] and later [[biology]] disciplines, and more recently that of [[psychology]]. Heterosexuality, along with [[bisexuality]] and [[homosexuality]] together make up the [[heterosexual-homosexual continuum]].
   

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