gateway sexual activity

gateway sexual activity

A term for banal sexual activity (e.g., kissing) that may lead to sexual intercourse, coined as an analogy to gateway drug use in which use of soft drugs (e.g., marijuana) may lead to harder ones (e.g., cocaine, heroin).
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Bill Haslam has introduced a new definition: gateway sexual activity.
The problem is the bill doesn't truly define what exactly a gateway sexual activity is and so critics are now left wondering if kissing and holding hands could be classified as such.
According to the bill, gateway sexual activity means "sexual contact encouraging an individual to engage in a non-abstinent behavior.
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