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Wednesday, March 7

who's obsessed by 'sex'?

Interesting result from a Google trends search on "sex"

TURKISH TOWN BANS MALE-MALE KISSES: 01-Sep-94: "The southern town of Adana, Turkey, put up posters announcing a ban on public male-male kissing Aug. 23, reported the Reuters news agency. Authorities said male-male kisses are unsanitary. Inexplicably, male-female and female-female kissing are still permitted. "It is unhygienic for two men to bring their cheeks together in Adana’s summer heat of 40 degrees (104 Fahrenheit)," said city spokesman Zeki Eker. "Just imagine what could happen with all that sweat. Besides, it is against our religion".

Gay Pakistan-A Complex Society: Three native Pakistani men write about living inside their sexually ambivalent culture where gay men live behind masks and love in secret. There is a gay subculture in Pakistan but it is virtually invisible and exists only by word of mouth and in furtive situations--in nighttime parks, discrete parties and in one's imagination or memory. Internet liaisons and clandestine boyfriends are typical of the 'scene' in this Muslim country. Curiously, Pakistani law appears to tolerate male-to-female transgenders/cross dressers (hijras) and it is generally safe to be so

Here's "sex" vs "yahoo"

How do the Cities, Regions, and Languages tabs work?

When the Cities tab is selected, Google Trends first looks at a sample of all Google searches to determine the cities from which we received the most searches for your first term. Then, for those top cities, Google Trends calculates the ratio of searches for your term coming from each city divided by total Google searches coming from the same city. The city ranking you see on the page and the bar charts alongside each city name both represent this ratio. When cities' ratios are fairly close together, the corresponding bar graphs will be roughly the same length, and the exact ranking between these cities is less meaningful.

The Regions and Languages tabs work just like the Cities tab. Google Trends uses IP address information from our server logs to make a best guess about where queries originated. Language information is determined by the language version of the Google site on which the search was originally entered.

Keep in mind that instead of measuring overall interest in a topic, Google Trends shows users' propensity to search for that topic on Google on a relative basis. For example, just because a particular region isn't on the Top Regions list for the term "haircut" doesn't necessarily mean that people there have decided to stage a mass rebellion against society's conventions. It could be that people in that region might not use Google to find a barber, use a different term when doing their searches, or simply search for so many other topics unrelated to haircuts that searches for "haircut" make up a very small portion of the search volume from that region when compared to other regions.


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