Are there only two types of sexual preference?

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Answered by: Amanda Leigh, An Expert in the Sexuality Category
It is a very common misconception that there are only two types of sexual preference; the most well known : 'Gay or 'Straight'. Actually sexuality can come in many shapes and forms. Just as different people like different flavors of ice cream, sexual attraction is very different for any one person. It could be a steadfast understanding and something you know from a very young age or it could be something that takes a lot of work and confusion to understand. Your own sexuality is a very personal matter but sometimes it helps to put a name to your feelings and to see that there is quite a bit more out there than we once used to believe or often discuss.'Asexuality', for example, is actually the lack of feeling of sexual attraction towards other human beings. It could be that your body does not feel sexual arousal at all for any reason and you never have in your lifetime. It is also possible that people themselves do not bring up any kind of sexual feelings. You have never seen a good-looking person and connected that point A progresses to point B where you might consider having sexual intercourse with that person, but you have felt arousal when reading or watching sex scenes or pornography.

You may be asexual but still enjoy human contact. You may still enjoy holding hands or kissing with your partner. Similar to asexuality is 'Demisexuality' a feeling of sexual arousal only when strong romantic feelings are involved. A one night stand is out of the question; you prefer longterm relationships and do not physically consider sex part of the equation until that connection is formed.'Bisexuality' is a feeling of sexual attraction towards both male and females, not limited to people of your same or opposite sex. 'Pansexuality' is similar but pertains to people of any gender, be it male, female, transgendered, bigendered, or any other type of gender identity. 'Pansexuals' believe that rather than the person themselves what they are attracted to is the person inside, something that renders gender itself unimportant.

It is also very possible for sexual attraction to not even be related to other humans at all. In rare cases a person's sexual attraction could be transferred to an object instead, such as the texture and look of certain clothing, or to one's car or specific types of vehicles.

This is just a small sample of the broad spectrum of human sexuality and preference and just as humans are complex and unique individuals, these few samples themselves can be broken down even further and beyond as with 'Demisexuality' that connects not only sexual desires but romantic desires as well.

There is a big wide world that goes beyond what we used to understand about human sexuality and this is just scratching the surface. It is absolutely something worth looking into if you are interested in what else lies beyond 'Homosexuality' and 'Heterosexuality' and even what else lies deeper within those two more commonly understood types of sexual preferences.

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