The kissing culture
Kissing is most enjoyable. It is emotional, erotic, and made as friendly gestures. However there is a value aspect to kissing. It is made to impress upon the idea of respect, reverence and esteem as in kissing someone's hand.
White, blacks, colored, tanned, different races, everyone engages in kissing. It is one of the innate features of the human race. In some societies, people openly kiss in public, in others kissing is made in private. The issue of morality certainly comes into it. Others are more open about it, others closed, depending on the nature of society and its mores.
Kissing is an act of fondness. It doesn't necessarily need to be sexual or erotic. It reflects human bonding made by both men and women to express certain states of emotions that leeway from one end of the spectrum to the other.
Does it express ourselves as humans? Well, it probably does from the traditional, developing and highly industrialized societies, kissing is there for emotional release and as an act of social interaction.
In western societies, the kiss, expresses emotions between men and women reflecting love and endearment and there is a physical sense about it.
However, and today as well, kissing has become a form of expression between same-sex genders, of men and women attracted to each other. It seen as normative, not unusual and accepted as part of society.
In the Arab world, kissing in public, i.e., as in kissing between males and females is frowned upon. However, it is normal for two men to kiss each other on the cheek as a form of greeting and friendship.
It is culturally accepted that men kiss each other and nothing is thought of it. It is different in the West where kissing is a male-female affair, it is the prevailing culture, values and attitudes. Nothing is thought of it when two people kiss in public and has long become the normal state of affairs. In France and probably it is in the United States its is okey for two men to kiss as greeting, but not so in Britain.
Men do not generally kiss in public unless they have an ongoing sexual relationship with each other. The same is true for women. This kind of relationship as signified by the kiss is increasingly being accepted. However, it is more accepted if two women kiss when the greet each other and nothing is thought of it.
Whatever the case people kiss for enjoyment, for friendship, for love and because its part of our culture!
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