Dating baseball metaphor

In honor of last night’s Major League Baseball All-Star game, I’m going to talk about the sex=baseball metaphor.If your boyhood was before terms like “hanging out” and “hooking up” were common, there’s a good chance this was part of how you talked about sexual activity.

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Parents lavished affection on children and sought to help them flourish by discovering and developing their interests.

The proliferation of advice literature about the new “emotional” family offers evidence of their commitment to this project.

Their activities included dating—going to watch vaudeville shows or movies, going for ice cream or Coca-Colas (“coking”), going to dances organized by schools or thrown, impromptu, in a classmate’s basement, and simply piling into a car together and cruising around.

Parents and schools tried to impose guidelines on these activities.

In the 1940s and ’50s, Alfred Kinsey defined petting as “deliberately touching body parts above or below the waist” (thus distinguishing it from “necking,” or general body contact sustained while making out).

In terms of the baseball metaphor, petting covered everything between first base and home plate.

In fact, most parents don’t know when their son has his first ejaculation, nor do they make any effort to talk to their sons about this milestone (in large part because they don’t know what to say).◊♦◊Overall, I can’t say that I’m sorry to see the baseball metaphor go away.

I think it pushed boys to focus too much on scoring without helping them get ready or truly be in the moment.

“Mothers Complain That Modern Girls ‘Vamp’ Their Sons at Petting Parties,” At least one audience was guaranteed to take an interest: the petters’ parents.

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