Really?! Wait… What?
So, everyone is talking about who went to what base and it’s leaving you kinda clueless, right? That’s how I felt on a daily basis in the middle school girls’ bathroom. Third base? Strikeout? I was lost. Let’s break it down, shall we? What the heck are the bases anyway?
These baseball terms are sexual euphemisms. The whole thing is a little dated because it assumes that, as in a game, that the goal is to win by eventually go all the way. The real deal is that the goal is to be wherever you are comfortable being. There’s no higher or lower social or sexual value on “achieving” one “level” or another. Plus, these bases are kind of controversial, since they are only built on heterosexual sex. What about girls who like girls? Or guys who like guys? Anyway. Let’s get down to it and help you figure out what the bases mean:
First base usually refers to tongue kissing, which is also called french kissing or frenching. This is kissing another person on the lips with an open mouth. Your tongues are engaged, hence the term tongue kissing. Interesting trivia: In France they call this a “lover’s kiss.” In another odd sports metaphor, some call french kissing “playing tonsil hockey.”