- Sexual partner
A sexual partner is a person with whom one engages in sex acts. Note that it is possible to have a sexual partner without having an
intimate relationship, or even an acquaintanceship with that person; viz., casual sex, or sex with a prostitute.
A person may have one, none, or more than one sexual partners at any one time, and this pattern may change throughout life.
Terms related to sexual partners include:
virginity: the state prior to having a sexual partner; a small minority of people remain virgins throughout life
monogamy: having a single long-term sexual partner
marriage: a socially binding commitment to a partner
sexual infidelity: having a sexual relationship outside of a relationship that includes a commitment to have no other sexual partners
sexual fidelity: not having other sexual partners other than one's committed partner, even temporarily
serial monogamy: having a series of monogamous relationships, one after the other
polygamy: having multiple long-term sexual partners
polyandry: having multiple long-term male sexual partners
polygyny: having multiple long-term female sexual partners
polyamory: encompasses a wide range of relationships, including those above: polyamorous relationships may include both committed and casual relationships
sexual promiscuity: having casual sexual partners at will (compare with chastity)
Variations between cultures
Different cultures have different viewpoints and levels of tolerance for the various patterns of sexual activity.
The most common patterns in Western society are monogamy, serial monogamy and marriage. Polygamous marriage is typically not found in Western culture, except in specific minority religions, and is illegal in many places. However, sexual promiscuity is commonly accepted, and a minority have open relationships or practice
Polyandry is banned in Islamic culture, and both polygyny and polyandry are found in some African cultures.
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