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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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  • Ethan Owens 2014/09/18 06:56:22
    Yes
    Ethan Owens
    and I am so glad it is.
  • Selina 2012/06/19 17:14:43
    Yes
    Selina
    yes, anything you do can lead to sexual activity.
  • Sam Adams 2012/06/05 17:43:49
    No
    Sam Adams
    Hugging and holding hands? Probably not, most of the time. Cuddling has more potential to lead to something more.

    Now, had you asked about kissing and petting . . . well, that one's pretty obvious and probably why that wasn't included. ;>
  • SarcasticB*tch 2012/06/05 01:33:45
    Yes
    SarcasticB*tch
    +2
    every time i hug someone,. i automatically want to have sex with them too
    dang, SH news, you caught me
  • Patric Sarcast... 2012/06/05 12:14:35
    Patric
    +1
    that's ok baby,, come here and give me a big ole hug.... :)
  • Sarcast... Patric 2012/06/05 13:30:20
    SarcasticB*tch
    +2
    lol
    sarcasm... sometimes i just can't help it.
    it's one thing for SH users to ask dumb questions...but an admin?
    meh. -.-
  • Patric Sarcast... 2012/06/05 13:57:53 (edited)
    Patric
    +1
    sarcasm in your response ?
    gosh, I thought it was an invitation ...
  • Sam Adams Patric 2012/06/05 17:42:22
    Sam Adams
    +2
    You were just hopin'!
  • Patric Sam Adams 2012/06/05 17:52:02
    Patric
    +1
    you think , may be ??

    can't sneak one past you ... :)
  • Sam Adams Patric 2012/06/05 18:04:48
    Sam Adams
    +2
    I'm not the one you have to get past, Bruddah, but Miss Sarcastic seems pretty sharp. You would have your work cut out for ya! lol
  • Patric Sam Adams 2012/06/05 18:33:58
    Patric
    +2
    we have an understanding,
    I think she is attractive and chase her all about.

    she knows how I feel and runs just fast enuff to stay out of my reach.
  • Sam Adams Patric 2012/06/05 18:36:08
    Sam Adams
    +2
    LOL! It's good to know where the lines are.
  • Sarcast... Patric 2012/06/06 18:22:15
    SarcasticB*tch
    +1
    but keep you chasing ;)
  • Patric Sarcast... 2012/06/07 10:35:54
    Patric
    +1
    yes, and gratfull for the oportunity ..

    think about it, just think of the view
  • Sarcast... Patric 2012/06/06 18:21:41
    SarcasticB*tch
    +1
    ahahaha
  • Psyblade 2012/06/04 21:24:05 (edited)
    No
    Psyblade
    I don't even......what? Are people really this insecure?
  • Adrian1265 2012/06/03 16:27:00
    No
    Adrian1265
    WTF??? Its like banning love. Of course love is a gateway to sex but what's wrong in that?
  • Brosia 2012/05/29 00:02:55
    No
    Brosia
    Want to prevent teen pregnancy? STOP PRETENDING IT DOESN'T HAPPEN!!!!! Accept that teens are probably going to have sex. Accept that, as their parents, you need to teach them what to do to be safe. It is not only about preventing unwanted pregnancies, but about keeping them healthy.
  • Roy 2012/05/26 13:09:55
    No
    Roy
    Oh yeah, sure, and so is IDK, LOOKING and winking, smiling, flirting...should we REALLY be asking these questions, or just saying to THE STATE; "Of course Mein Fuhrer, Zeig Heil!!!" Perhaps we all need blinders as well, so we can better ignore the FASCIST DICTATORSHIP that would even entertain such questions.

    We need to EDUCATE our children on the FACTS and the logic and reason behind those facts, not make them just as paranoid and neurotic as some of the 911, big pharma-insane adults in this twisted culture are. Spend some time with the young ones, turn off the TV, give them some love instead of placating them with gifts and nonsense!!!
  • stephen 2012/05/23 03:29:03
    No
    stephen
    hell no, i hug my parents and mysiblings all the time am i trying to have sex with them? hell no!!
  • TheDeadAreLiving 2012/05/18 00:50:12
    No
    TheDeadAreLiving
    If your hugging leads to sex, you aren't hugging right...
  • willie 2012/05/16 20:35:04
    No
    willie
    Thar is a dumb law to pass at my school people hug all te time it's no bid deal!
  • JosephTruth 2012/05/16 16:32:29
    No
    JosephTruth
    No, I hug, cuddle and hold hands with many people but it doesn't mean that we are sexualy active with each other. That's like banning affection. I love affection.
  • Mike J. Hirak 2012/05/15 21:03:10
    No
    Mike J. Hirak
    Hugs are not always sexual. In fact, most of the time they aren't. How can schools teach about epic love stories like Antigone and Romeo and Juliet, and then not allow students to even hold hands? It's ridiculous
  • Holly Simpson 2012/05/14 20:09:58
    No
    Holly Simpson
    THE HELL 0_0
  • tj ~(^-^)~ 2012/05/13 07:37:08
    No
    tj  ~(^-^)~
    haha
  • michael 2012/05/11 22:47:38
  • Cat.is.Cat 2012/05/11 14:02:56
    No
    Cat.is.Cat
    Some people are so quick to confuse a crush or romance with sexual intention. Affection and sex can be mutually exclusive. Take rapists for example (maybe not the best example but it will suffice) they are just horny, power-mad nut-jobs, they are not romantic poets or BFFLs by any stretch of the imagination, and if they claim they are then they are all the more slimy. (For another reason that is complete BS I refer you to -Username? What's that? 's comment with which I concur.)
  • Jeremiah 2012/05/10 00:07:37 (edited)
    No
    Jeremiah
    +1
    This just isn't the right answer for this. I hug plenty of people, ex: my parents, cousins, aunts/uncles, lady friends. I've never had sex with any of them. This is killing a fly with a rocket launcher. Sure, you might solve the problem, but everyone else in the area that weren't part of the problem and weren't planning on becoming part of the problem either will be affected. Besides, what people do with their bodies that isn't involving actual sexual activities is not something that should be regulated like this. Peeing isn't sexual activity, but it involves parts of the body that are used in such acts. We should ban that, too. Give me a break.
  • 9891b3 2012/05/09 18:34:14
    Yes
    9891b3
    Absolutely. Being human is a gateway to sexual activity god damn it.
  • dog 2012/05/08 20:20:37
    Yes
    dog
    I'm just joking
  • Bill 2012/05/08 01:36:19
    No
    Bill
    Gateway to sexual activity? Teachers being charged for condoning normal behavior? Some one is living under a rock, at night, in 10 feet of water, with 6 inches of ice on top---so they CAN'T possibly see what normal is! I think it is a crime that teachers, parents, friends, and people in general now fear hugging. HEY---Tennessee, wake up! Quick--get in a car and drive to anywhere else. When hugging, condoning hugging or other normal human activity is outlawed, look out. Texting, dating, phone calls, prom, winter formals, riding around with you friends, smiling, 'HIGH FIVE'ing or even simple conversation could be the next activity banned or regulated.

    "That's it boys and girls, behave like I say, not as I do" Oh my, good Lord save us from ourselves!
  • Holly S... Bill 2012/05/14 20:13:44
    Holly Simpson
    +3
    Lets all go to Tenessee and stand there hugging each other!
  • Username? What's that? 2012/05/06 21:15:13
    No
    Username? What's that?
    +3
    If you consider the following sexual in any way, you need SERIOUS MENTAL HELP!!!

    little kids holding hands
    little kids hugging
    kids playing together
  • srinath 2012/05/06 03:46:42
    No
    srinath
    after all, hugging is a best way of non verbal stroking. c'mon man!! hw else to express friendship and other such feelings.
  • Kalayaan 001 2012/05/05 21:36:07 (edited)
    No
    Kalayaan 001
    In my family, we embrace each other often. This is no way means that we will eventually have an incestuous orgy.

    Likewise, it seems that this State legislators have not observed the female social interactions. They engage in hugs and other forms of physical contact so much more than males do. Will the feminists stand against this as oppression?
  • Dydy 2012/05/05 15:58:58
    No
    Dydy
    +2
    Wtf? Since when does small PDA (hugs, hand holding, few kisses) lead to sex? If ppl r holding hands it doesn't necessary mean they owe each other sex! Thts their business and honestly If Tennessee wants to lower teen pregnancy they should offer more birth control stuff.
    This all reminds meof 8th grade, there were too many fights in my grade so the entire class had to he placed under a "no touch" policy in an effort to prevent fights. Well tho it's true there werent many fights after tht policy was placed upon us, it was a pain in the ass tht couples and best friends couldn't hold hands or hug. The moral of my story is tht sometimes authority passes dumb policies and rules but it may not be the best solution for everyone.
  • miss 2012/05/05 15:49:31
    No
    miss
    +1
    that makes no sense i hug and cuddle my family all the time. Doesn't mean it s a gateway to a sexact with incest
  • Nevermind 2012/05/05 13:50:11
    No
    Nevermind
    +3
    You can not control the world, ya'all control freaks, TEACH the teens responsibility. Don't ban normal human interactions! We have enough problems w/ our youngsters being isolated from others and having communication handicaps due to the internet/texting/social networking, etc!
  • Dave 007 2012/05/05 12:51:04
    No
    Dave 007
    They need a pill that stops a teenage boy from getting a woodie when even the slightest wind blows.
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