From Merriam-Webster to Oxford Dictionaries, no two definitions of sex seem to be the same.

According to a survey published in 2010 by Indiana University, Americans do not agree on what “having sex” truly is. The study recorded responses from almost 500 residents of Indiana, mostly heterosexual, who participated in a survey over the phone. The Kinsey Institute, which studies sex and relationships, reported that 95 percent of respondents consider penile-vaginal intercourse as having had sex, but only 89 percent consider this having sex if there is no ejaculation.

Even though sex is such a common part of life, different views are formed through each person’s life experiences. To gain a better understanding of where these ideas come from, Ball Bearings talked to four individuals from varying backgrounds.

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