- Sexual network
A sexual network is a
social networkthat is defined by the sexual relationships within a set of individuals.
tudies and discoveries
Like other forms of social networks, sexual networks can be formally studied using the mathematics of
Recent epidemiological studies (see below) have investigated sexual networks, and discovered that the statistical properties of sexual networks are crucial to the spread of
venereal disease(VD). Sub-graphs, both large and small, can be defined within the overall sexual network graph; for example, people who frequent particular bars or clubs, belong to a particular ethnic group or take part in a particular type of sexual activity, or are part of a particular outbreak of a VD. In particular, assortative mixingbetween people with large numbers of sexual partners seems to be an important factor in the spread of VD.
In a surprising result, mathematical models predict that the sexual network graph for the human race appears to have a single
giant componentthat indirectly links almost all people who have had more than one sexual partner, and a great many of those who have had only one sexual partner (if their one sexual partner was themselves part of the giant component). Most people who are not part of the giant component are either virgins, or couples who have never had sex with anyone except each other.
For serious epidemiological work, the time sequence of sexual contacts is important.
Small world effect
Transmission risks and rates
* Kretzschmar, Mirjam. "Sexual network structure and sexually transmitted disease prevention: a modeling perspective". "Sexually Transmitted Diseases" volume 27, number 10 (November 2000): pages 627– 35.
* F. Liljeros et al., "The web of human sexual contacts", ‘‘Nature", Vol. 411, No.6840, 2001 June
* P. De "et al." [http://sextrans.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/abstract/80/4/280 Sexual network analysis of a gonorrhea outbreak] "Sex Transm Infect" 2004;80:280-285
* Bearman PS, Moody J, Stovel K. " [http://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/chains.htm Chains of affection] : The structure of adolescent romantic and sexual networks,” "American Journal of Sociology" , Vol. 110, No. 1, 2004.
* [http://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/chains.htm Researchers map the sexual network of an entire high school]
* [http://attrition.org/hosted/sexchart/ the Sex Chart - an ASCII representation of everyone you have kissed]
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
Sexual assault — Classification and external resources Konstantin Makovsky, The Bulgarian martyresses, a painting depicting the atrocities of bashibazouks in Bulgaria during the Russo Turkish War (1877–1878) … Wikipedia
Sexual dysfunction — or sexual malfunction (see also sexual function) is difficulty during any stage of the sexual act (which includes desire, arousal, orgasm, and resolution) that prevents the individual or couple from enjoying sexual activity.OnsetEmotional factors … Wikipedia
Network Ten — Logo Launched 1 August 1964 Owned by Ten Network Holdings Picture format 576i (16:9 SDTV) … Wikipedia
Sexual harassment — is unwelcome attention of a sexual nature and is a form of legal and social harassment. It includes a range of behavior from seemingly mild transgressions and annoyances to actual sexual abuse or sexual assault. (Dziech et al 1990, Boland 2002)… … Wikipedia
Sexual slavery — refers to the organised coercion of persons into various different sexual practices: # forced prostitution # single owner sexual slavery # ritual slavery, sometimes associated with traditional religious practices # slavery for primarily non… … Wikipedia
network — network, social network, network theory The term network refers to individuals (or more rarely collectivities and roles ) who are linked together by one or more social relationships, thus forming a social network. Examples of relationship links… … Dictionary of sociology
Network For A New Culture — (NFNC) is a network of persons who actively promote personal growth, personal empowerment, and social change. NFNC is an informal network; there are several organizations and groups that consider themselves affiliated with NFNC, with centers and… … Wikipedia
Sexual orientation and military service — Homosexuals and bisexuals allowed to serve in the military … Wikipedia
Sexual violence — ee also*Medical emergency *R v Collins *Sexual assault in the U.S. military *Tailhook scandal *2003 U.S. Air Force Academy sexual assault scandalReferences Further reading * Wishart, G.D. (2003). The Sexual Abuse of People with Learning… … Wikipedia
Sexual abuse — For the journal titled Sexual Abuse, see Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment. Bad Touch redirects here. For the song, see The Bad Touch … Wikipedia