However, the history of human sexuality shows that attitudes and behavior have varied across societies.According to major studies, 89% to 98% of people have had only heterosexual contact within their lifetime; Similarly, a survey by the UK Office for National Statistics (ONS) in 2010 found that 95% of Britons identified as heterosexual, 1.5% of Britons identified themselves as homosexual or bisexual, and the last 3.5% gave more vague answers such as "don't know", "other", or did not respond to the question. Asked to place themselves on the Kinsey scale, 72% of all adults, and 46% of adults aged 18–24 years, picked a score of zero, meaning that they identify as totally heterosexual.Heterosexual symbolism dates back to the earliest artifacts of humanity, with gender symbols, 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, such as lingam in Hinduism.In the same way, the husband's body does not belong to him alone but also to his wife.Do not deprive each other except by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer.These religions tend to view all sexual relations as sinful, and promote celibacy.
In another Yougov survey of 1,000 adults of the United States, 89% of the sample identified as heterosexual, 4% as homosexual (among 2% as homosexual male and 2% as homosexual female) and 4% as bisexual (of either sex).
The term heterosexual is suggested to have come into use as a neologism after, and opposite to, the word homosexual by Karl Maria Kertbeny in 1868.
In LGBT slang, the term breeder has been used as a denigrating phrase to deride heterosexuals. The term straight originated as a mid-20th century gay slang term for heterosexuals, ultimately coming from the phrase "to go straight" (as in "straight and narrow"), or stop engaging in homosexual sex. Henry's book concerned conversations with homosexual males and used this term in connection with people who are identified as ex-gays.
One of the first uses of the word in this way was in 1941 by author G. It is now simply a colloquial term for "heterosexual", having changed in primary meaning over time.
Some object to usage of the term straight because it implies that non-heteros are crooked.
Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. (NIV) For the most part, religious traditions in the world reserve marriage to heterosexual unions, but there are exceptions including certain Buddhist and Hindu traditions, Unitarian Universalist, Metropolitan Community Church and some Anglican dioceses and some Quaker, United Church of Canada and Reform and Conservative Jewish congregations.