Posted by Bruce Kahl on August 04, 2004
In Reply to: Petting parties posted by Capeci on August 04, 2004
: In a response to a previous post, someone mentioned flappers and petting parties. Does anyone know what the latter were/are? Thanks!
"Petting was a popular and well received pastime for the youth. It allowed a girl to have erotic interaction without endangering herself with an unwanted or out of wedlock child. Petting could mean kisses or fondling, but it stopped just short of intercourse, and while parents equated petting with fornication, teenagers did not, and their peer group would still accept them and respect them. Intimacy and eroticism was explored. "Petting Parties," where eager, youthful hands explored the nether regions of the opposite sex, was standard college entertainment. "Billing and cooing" (that is, to "bill and coo") was to whisper sweet nothings while "making whoopee.""