Who Put the XXX in Kissing

Here in the Paris airport there appears to be an epidemic of public kissing. People are going gaga. So I thought I’d check out some FAQs on the practice of the kiss. The following comes from here.

HOW TO HANDLE YOUR FIRST KISS: You can always bluff your way through a first kiss! They’ll never know it’s a first, unless you tell ’em.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU BANG TEETH: Laugh it off. Tell your partner you’re so very keen to kiss him or her that you’re getting dizzy just standing so close.

HOW TO KISS PASSIONATELY:  The secret to great kissing is variety. Press your nose into your partner’s cheek and hug ’em to you, like the Eskimos.

AND did you know that Japanese society, before the 20th century, was “ignorant of the kiss except as applied by a mother to her infant,” Kissing was common among the Greeks and Romans as when parents kissed their children, or when lovers and married persons kissed. The kiss in Western societies was also used in various religious and ceremonial acts, as where the kiss had a sacramental value.

“. . . although kissing was prevalent in some form since primitive times, it “received its chief development in Western culture.”

Chalk up another one for the West.

8 thoughts on “Who Put the XXX in Kissing

  1. Mindy

    I’ve once found an interesting article somewhere online about what your kiss says about you. If you apply a lipstick on your mouth and kiss on paper, it’ll tell all about who you are by your kiss. Maybe if you google it to find that article, you’lll find it a fun task to do!

  2. francis levy

    Kissing is the ultimate form of conjunction. It is far sexier than going all the way. Going all the way, in fact, leads you know where. I would rather kiss than even get to first base. Freud deals with this in his concept of Vielliechtung or faulty achievement. For that matter I would rather spend time in an airport lounge or on the plane than get anywhere in particular. All of this has to do with existence. That which is yet to be trumps, by definition, that which already exists. Hooray for potentiality, but back to kissing which is not just a matter of potential, but which has to do with lips which are the Scylla and Charybdis, guarding the gates of one of nature’s greatest orifices, the mouth. I can see why womens’s faces are veiled in certain parts of the world. Why because of the lusciousness and vulnerability of lips. Labia are no match for true lips and I don’t mean lips shot up with botox by Slavic prostitutes. I mean lips staring at you in Byrdland c. 1964 after you’ve just heard Mingus’s Pithecanthropus Erectus.

  3. Bobbi

    I’m doubtful that there could even be an epidemic of kissing. I’m an admitted diehard romantic, but with all of the fighting and crime that exists, a bit of kissing would be a welcome sight. Maybe Steven, the universe is giving you a sign to return home to Louise. Go forth, young man, and pucker.

  4. Lisa Guercio

    Have to mention the scene from the film Cinema Paradiso, in a blog about kissing…the projectionist (Alfredo) edited together all the wonderful kisses he removed from the films he screened through the years, and left them as gift for Salvatore upon his return. A beautiful scene!  

  5. Barbara Scott

    Makes me want to start kissing someone—now! The West may have given the kiss its “chief development” but the first time I ever felt sorry not to have someone around to kiss was along the banks of the Seine in Paris.
    (I love it that you have type formatting at your blog. This is the first time I’ve ever seen this!)

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