Cynthia Nixon says her ideal man is a woman.

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The Sex And The City: The Movie actress has been in a relationship with education activist Christine Marinoni since 2003, and insists the couple are a real “partnership”.

Nixon said: “I have to say that in terms of the particular person I’m with I guess I do feel that the ideal man is a woman. I feel that she’s much more intuitive about what’s going on with me. She is much more willing to treat it like a partnership.”

The 42-year-old actress – who has two children, 11-year-old Samantha and five-year-old Charles, with her musician ex-boyfriend Danny Mozes – is not sure if she would love Marinoni if she was a man.

She said: “I’m in love with her because she’s her. It’s hard to know if I’d be in love with her if she were a man. If she were a man, would she be different? Would she still be this intuitive? Would she still be this devoted?”