In The News: Department of Anthropology
The music swells. On screen, the two main characters' eyes meet. They lean in, and — slowly! — their lips gently press in a romantic kiss. All the teenage girls in the audience exhale audibly.
For generations, passionate kisses immortalized in movies, songs and the arts have served as a thermometer of romantic affection.
A new study has surprisingly revealed that only 46 percent of 168 cultures kiss as a romantic gesture and many parts of the world are disgusted by it.