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Broadly speaking, the term sexual intercourse may refer to any sexual activities between people, but it is commonly confined to the meaning of coitus or copulation, the insertion of the erect penis of the male into the vagina of the female. Sexual intercourse and masturbation are the two most common human sexual activities, with sexual intercourse being the primary step in sexual reproduction. --http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sexual_intercourse, May 2004

Sexual intercourse is usually preceded by foreplay which leads to sexual arousal of the partners, resulting in erection of the penis and natural lubrication of the vagina. The erect penis is inserted into the vagina and moved back and forth to stimulate, usually to the point of ejaculation and orgasm. --http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sexual_intercourse, Aug 2003

Morality and legality

Various laws, moral rules and taboos surround sexual intercourse.
Unlike some other sexual activities, sexual intercourse itself has rarely been made taboo on religious grounds or by government authorities. It is assumed that all of the cultures that entirely prohibited sexual intercourse no longer exist, such as the Shakers, an extinct sect of Christianity. Within some ideologies coitus has been considered the only "acceptable" sexual activity. Relatively strict designations of "appropriate" and "inappropriate" sexual intercourse have been almost universal in human societies. These have included prohibitions against specific positions, against intercourse among partners who are not married, against incest, and against intercourse during a woman's menstrual period. --http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sexual_intercourse, Aug 2003


Outercourse is sexual activity that does not involve penetration such as sexual intercourse, anal sex or oral sex. No bodily fluids are intended to be exchanged, and outercourse is therefore often considered a practice of safer sex as well as of birth control (but see below for exceptions).

Some practices of outercourse include sexual roleplaying, heavy petting, clothed frotteurism, and mutual masturbation.

Other specific forms of outercourse include:

frot (short for frottage) or "phrot" (alternate spelling) among homosexual men tends to imply penis to penis rubbing. Advocates of this practice represent it as a safer and more erotic alternative to anal sex.The female equivalent is sometimes referred to as tribadism.

Note that interfemoral intercourse and genital rubbing, although notionally forms of outercourse, can carry a risk of pregnancy for heterosexuals through transfer of sperm-bearing fluids such as semen or Cowper's fluid to the sex organs, and that any of the activities above can pose a risk of sexually transmitted diseases if any body fluids are deposited on wounds or mucous membranes such as those of the sex organs or anal membranes.

Outercourse in preparation of intercourse is also called foreplay.

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