Getting Into Things - Moving Past Kissing
Make sure that you and your partner are fully Comfortable with each other and have gone through the First Kiss and More Passionate Kissing before you move on to other things. Some people think kissing is secondary to other stuff and skip past it. They're making a HUGE mistake - kissing can be the most incredibly erotic way to spend time with someone. There are couples who have been together for months and years who still love to kiss!
Be Sure you Know your Partner
Kissing involves some personal space, but anything beyond kissing is a definitely *invasion* of personal space. You may not realize it, but a lot of how you think about yourself and your self image involves that personal space. Don't take it for granted. If you're going to progress beyond kissing with someone, make sure it's someone you've known for a while, that you've gone through the other stages with and feel very comfortable with. You should always have control over your own body and what goes on with it. Do things because YOU want to, and never because anybody else wants to and you want to please them.
What is Making Out?
People in junior high and high school talk about "making out" as if it was this special act far removed from kissing. Actually, making out IS kissing. It's passionate kissing, sure, involving open mouthed kissing and perhaps even some French kissing techniques. But that's all it is. It doesn't involve removing any clothes or touching any body parts. If you're doing those things, you've gone right past making out!
What is First Base?
Some people use 'bases' in order to track 'how far they've gone' with someone sexually. First base is kissing, just regular close-mouthed or open-mouthed kissing.