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Gynophilia

Gynophilia (From Greek gunē, “women,” + –philia) is the sexual attraction to women. It is also increasingly used when referring to the sexual orientation of transgender and intersex people, since the terms homosexual or heterosexual present problems when applied to transgender people; gynophilia, rather than focusing on the sex or gender of the person attracted, focuses on that of their subject of attraction. (Compare Homosexuality and transgender)

In the field of sex offender rehabilitation, the term gynophilia is used to mean “attraction to adult women”, in contrast with pedophilia, with the aim of therapy usually being to substitute gynophilic desires for pedophilic ones.

It may also be used to distinguish female homosexuality from male homosexuality.

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