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Is Hugging, Cuddling, and Holding Hands 'Gateway Sexual Activity'?

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What's the best way to prevent teen pregnancy? That's up for debate, but according to Tennessee lawmakers, preventing teens from hugging might be a start. The state just passed a bill allowing the parents of students to bring charges against teachers who condone "gateway sexual activity," an unclear term which has been the subject of much criticism. Some suggest the law could bring charges against teachers for allowing students to hold hands, dance too closely, or -- worse yet -- hug.

Planned Parenthood took a stance against the bill, and the organization's Director of Education said, "If the state of Tennessee gets to create the [sex] curriculum, it has to create something that umbrella reflects everyone." However, Tennessee is unique in that teen sex rates are higher there than the national average. According to a 2009 study, 61 percent of Memphis City high school students and 27 percent of middle school students have had sex. But does that mean holding hands should be banned? And is it even a "gateway sexual activity" to begin with?


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  • Watching closely 2012/05/01 20:39:14
    Yes
    Watching closely
    +34
    Yes! Add to that walking, talking, touching, seeing, breathing, and being human. I believe they are all gateways to sexual activity.

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  • kari fa... Jenni 2012/07/08 04:32:13
    kari farmer
    It is illegal in CA if you are known to be and your parents say no then you can be arrested it's part of some law about the girl that got kidnaped and killed idk what the name is but my friend who grew up there told me about it and we looked it up it's public record
  • Jenni kari fa... 2012/07/13 22:56:49
    Jenni
    What??? That is not a real law. Here I am being made fun of because I am 14 and not dating yet.
  • CMB1998 2012/05/03 02:23:12
    No
    CMB1998
    +1
    "To each his own" - but speaking on for my part- ridiculous, unconstitutional, disgusting, most importantly "A BIT OVER PROTECTIVE MAYBE????????????????????????
  • david carter 2012/05/03 02:08:23
    No
    david carter
    +2
    The idea of trying to ban hugging and cuddling is depressing.
  • david c... david c... 2012/05/03 02:13:45
    david carter
    +2
    Most people who have kids kiss them, hold their hands, hug them, and cuddle with them and its not at all sexual.
  • Duane Freemantle 2012/05/03 02:07:17
    No
    Duane Freemantle
    +2
    So, the idea is to push "sexual activity" underground and thus make the situation worse.
  • LOLLIPOP 2012/05/03 01:44:20
    Yes
    LOLLIPOP
    Wow 27% of middle school students?
  • AngelaDuke 2012/05/03 01:32:05
    No
    AngelaDuke
    +4
    In my experience, if you tell kids they can't do something they just want to do it more. And then its not allowed so they are just lying about it and doing it secretly. I think this could cause more kids to have sex not less
  • Tdog AngelaDuke 2012/05/03 02:42:06
    Tdog
    Ur so right.
  • The Winter Sodahead 2012/05/03 01:23:12
    No
    The Winter Sodahead
    +1
    If you follow this line of thinking much further, you'd have to cut off all contact between teenagers.
  • MayaAngelou0524 2012/05/03 00:42:32 (edited)
    No
    MayaAngelou0524
    +1
    But I'm in the eighth grade and when girls hang all over their boyfriends and make out in the courtyard... It kinda makes you wonder where she'll be in the next few years, especially when she's dated every guy in the grade. Just sayin...
  • Ozymandias 2012/05/03 00:42:04
  • Tdog Ozymandias 2012/05/03 02:28:03
    Tdog
    +1
    That is honestly the best, most sensible answer i've heard so far to this argument. Why is it that the people who educate our young adults of today are so freakin' stupid? I'd lyk 2 know.
  • Ozymandias Tdog 2012/05/03 02:49:14
  • Tdog Ozymandias 2012/05/08 04:13:09
    Tdog
    +1
    Lol, would not suprise me.
  • metalmike13- Trust No One 2012/05/03 00:32:01
    No
    metalmike13- Trust No One
    Are they serious?
  • SiriusF... metalmi... 2012/05/03 04:47:29
    SiriusFundraising
    Tennessee should ban family reunions!!
  • metalmi... SiriusF... 2012/05/04 00:40:58
    metalmike13- Trust No One
    I thought they were all intermarried!
  • John T. 2012/05/03 00:30:19
    Yes
    John T.
    +2
    Yes, so is looking, talking and attending social events. If you try and stop one you have to stop all.Good luck at that.
  • Jenjenajenjen 2012/05/03 00:29:10
    Yes
    Jenjenajenjen
    +2
    Eye contact -> talking -> hold hands -> kiss on cheek -> kiss on lips -> kiss on neck -> sex -> babies -> then DEATH! :O
    Crazy theories, huh.
  • wildthang 2012/05/03 00:21:16
    Yes
    wildthang
    +1
    Yes and it should be encouragesd as well as sexuial activity of some kind, Mother Nature did not make sex to be frozen for 5-6 years before thawing it out which sometimes doesn't thaw as well after all that. Pretty much everything teenagers do is a gateway to sex, thankfully.
  • Lone Wolf 2012/05/03 00:20:24
    No
    Lone Wolf
    +1
    No it takes more then Hugging, Cuddling, and Holding Hands to get to SEX.
  • Ashlea 2012/05/03 00:04:55
    No
    Ashlea
    +1
    Don't be ridiculous.
  • The dead and the silent 2012/05/02 23:50:52
    Yes
    The dead and the silent
    +1
    Birth is a gateway to sexual activity.
  • Freedom 2012/05/02 23:49:18
    Yes
    Freedom
    +2
    Yes, but we don't need the government legislating the intimate behavior of our kids. Government needs to stay out of the private live's of American citizens.
  • Stephen Smith 2012/05/02 23:17:11
  • Juliet Alyssa 2012/05/02 23:13:12
    No
    Juliet Alyssa
    +1
    On what planet does hugging cause pregnancy? Certainly not on Earth.
  • lurch 2012/05/02 23:11:20
    Yes
    lurch
    +2
    Try the chastity belt.

    Teens are defiant. A law like this will only tempt them to disobey - if they don't already. Parents should instill, in their kids, what's right and wrong instead of relying on media, peers, schools. Take responsibility for your own children and don't let our government gain too much control.

    A hug doesn't hurt. What's next? Boys can't look at girls & vice versa? Come on idiots.
  • Tdog lurch 2012/05/03 02:35:33
    Tdog
    Lol, agreed. 100%. U are 100% correct, o wise one. Please educate the idiots of the world. They're lacking common sense, which ironically isn't all that common these days.
  • SiriusF... lurch 2012/05/03 04:50:32
    SiriusFundraising
    +1
    Tennessee should ban family reunions!!
  • Boss 2012/05/02 23:03:29
    No
    Boss
    +3
    ah!! once again the neocons strike!! when are we going to learn??
  • Tdog Boss 2012/05/03 02:36:11
    Tdog
    Lol, right?
  • L.A. woman 2012/05/02 22:47:53
    No
    L.A. woman
    These are not "gateway sexual activities". I think this is an overreach. Ordinarily, I am on the side of anything Planned Parenthood is on the opposite side of. There comment that Tennessee should create a curriculum that reflects everyone? My state rushed through a vote forcing all schools must either teach the state mandated sex curriculum or nothing at all. Wanna guess who wrote the curriculum? Planned Parenthood. the law in no way reflects everyone's values. It is especially hostile to those who are opposed to pre-marital sex. It forces students as early as 4th grade to learn to use condoms properly. I see nothing wrong with preventing kissing, grinding, and the like on school premises. On that I would support Tennessee. Charges will never stick. Society would benefit if there was a bit more focus on education in the schools and less "tolerance" of sexuality in the school.. Parents need to mirror the behavior they want their children to exhibit at school in the home to set the example. Teachers need to start showing some leadership and a little less, "they're just kids", "they're just experimenting" attitudes. . When you read about yet another teacher being charged with sexual relations with another student, we need more policing of those who would educate our children. Perhaps Tennessee should start there.
  • Stephen... L.A. woman 2012/05/02 23:06:21
  • Zamboni - Madoka Magica fan... 2012/05/02 22:42:44
    No
    Zamboni - Madoka Magica fan BN0
    +2
    Hey nanny-state: Leave them kids alone.
  • Zamboni... Zamboni... 2012/05/02 22:54:30
    Zamboni - Madoka Magica fan BN0
    +1
    PS: if by sexual activity you are forgetting same-sex sexual practices and non-reproductive heterosexual practices, you are really dumb.
  • LadyeCatte 2012/05/02 22:39:53
    No
    LadyeCatte
    +3
    Hmmmm.. MORE Christian Sharia Law? Now I know why they hate Muslims so... competition for the "Stupidest Religion EVER" trophy!!
  • Meljahun 2012/05/02 22:31:57
    Yes
    Meljahun
    Yes
  • Brandi Angela 2012/05/02 22:28:30
    No
    Brandi Angela
    +7
    Being born is a gateway sexual activity. If you don't want your children having sex, don't have children.
  • rand 2012/05/02 22:04:05
    Yes
    rand
    +2
    Duh. Does first base come before second base? A law against PDAs should be a local issue related to interpretations of what is "civil" behavior. I disallowed it in my schools because it was a distraction from learning, but I have no allusions that it prevented any pregnancies.

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