Yes, we know this isn't a fetish, but we had to link it somewhere, and we figured that it would get linked alongside other sexual orientations, many people refer to "Heterosexuality" or Homosexuality, or being Bisexual as a choice, but let's be totally honest, there is no sexual orientation that is a choice, and they should all be accepted in an open minded way.
Heterosexuality is romantic/sexual attraction, between persons of the opposite sex or gender.
As a sexual orientation, Heterosexuality refers to "an enduring pattern of, or disposition to experience sexual, affectionate, physical, or romantic attractions to persons of the opposite sex"; it also refers to "a person's sense of identity based on those attractions, and related behaviors.
Heterosexuality would be thought of as one of the three major classifications of sexual orientation along with being Bisexual, and also Homosexuality.
The word is etymologically formed by adding the combining form of Greek έτερος heteros (meaning "different" or "other") as a prefix to "sexuality".
During the early part of the 20th century, theoretical discussions were had in the field of psychoanalysis, these studies posited an original bisexuality in human psychological development.
According to several modern studies, the majority of the human race have had both Heterosexual experiences, as well as experiences/sensations that would fit under the heading of Homosexuality, or Bisexuality.
Some other studies found sexual orientation to be something that evolves in many directions over a person's lifetime; rarely, but not necessarily, including forming attractions to a new sex. It is thought that, sexualities, will often expand, shift, and absorb new elements over decades. This can be especially prevalent during the passage through adolescence.
Some contemporary theories, tend to think of sexuality as something that has meaning only within a given historical framework.
Nature vs nurture
The considerable "nature and nurture" debate exists over whether predominantly biological or psychological factors produce sexual orientation in humans. Candidate factors include genes, the exposure of fetuses to certain hormones (or lack thereof) and environmental factors.
Heterosexuality can be informally shortened to "hetero".
The term "straight" originated as a mid-20th century gay slang term for Heterosexuality, ultimately coming from the phrase "to go straight" (as in "straight and narrow"), or stop engaging in acts of Homosexuality.
The Heterosexual symbolism dates back to the earliest artifacts of humanity, with ritual fertility carvings and primitive art. This was later expressed in the symbolism of fertility rites and polytheistic worship, which often included images of human reproductive organs. Modern symbols of heterosexuality in societies derived from European traditions still reference symbols used in these ancient beliefs. One such image is a combination of the symbol for Mars, the Roman god of war, as the definitive male symbol of masculinity, and Venus, the Roman goddess of love and beauty, as the definitive female symbol of femininity. ⚤
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