What exactly is Petting?
What does petting include?

I have always wondered this. I collect antiquated etiquette books and in the book Modern Courtship and Marriage (1957) by EE LeMasters, the author describes it as such:

The term “petting”… includes literally every caress known to married couples but does not include complete sexual intercourse.

So there you have it. Your parents weren’t so innocent after all…