American way of dating
In the relatively sheltered atmosphere that the school provided, students were willing to take the kinds of risks that only Charity Girls had ventured in dive bars or on boardwalks.When students left for college, they moved into the world of peers and immersed themselves in their rituals full-time.
Though she explicitly stated that she would not let him “make love to” her, she had agreed to give him a kiss. When Helen’s high school principal intercepted her date plans, she had the young man with the car charged with attempted white slave trafficking.
But Judge Lindsey marveled at the “strenuous, strict, and self-denying conventions of the strange Flapper-Flipper world she lived in.” Countless cases showed him that Helen was in the new mainstream.
“Of all the youth who go to parties, attend dances, and ride together in automobiles, more than 90 percent indulge in hugging and kissing,” Lindsey reported.
In terms of the baseball metaphor, petting covered everything between first base and home plate.
“Mothers Complain That Modern Girls ‘Vamp’ Their Sons at Petting Parties,” At least one audience was guaranteed to take an interest: the petters’ parents.