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Monday, February 16, 2009
Want to Osculate, Baby? With Keta Diablo!
What could be more fitting for Valentine’s Day than to talk about osculating? For those who aren’t sure what the word means, let me give it you in layman’s terms:
~ Osculate ~
Encarta Dictionary: to kiss somebody
Your dictionary.com: to touch closely
RhymeZone: to touch with the lips or press your lips against someone's mouth or other body part.
I don’t know about you, but I like RhymeZone’s definition.
Some little known facts about kissing:
* A kiss triggers a cascade of neural messages and chemicals that transmit tactile sensations, sexual excitement, feelings of closeness, and even euphoria.
* Kissing may have evolved from a primate mother’s practice of chewing food for her young before feeding them mouth-to-mouth.
* Some scientists theorize that kissing is crucial to the evolutionary process of mate selection.
* Lips may have evolved first for food and later applied themselves to speech. (Hmm, who would’ve thought?)
* Scientists believe kissing can become addictive
* Five cranial nerves that affect cerebral function are at work when you kiss, shuttling messages from our lips, tongue, cheeks and nose
* Kissing unleashes a cocktail of chemicals that govern human stress, motivation, social bonding and sexual stimulation.
* Kissing boosts pulse and blood pressure; pupils dilate, breathing deepens and rational thought retreats.
Did you ever think kissing could be powerful enough to do all that? More recent studies show that 59% of men and 66 % of women admit there were times when they were attracted to someone until they kissed them. “Bad” kisses did not factor into the equation, but rather those participating in the study indicated they just didn’t “feel right” about the kiss. In fact, the relationships ended abruptly after the lip-lock. Boy, talk about the kiss of death.
Kissing, it turns out, unleashes chemicals that ease stress hormones in both sexes and encourages bonding between people. Both men and women had a decline in cortisol (a chemical associated with stress) after 15 minutes of kissing.
Men tend to think of kissing as a prelude to copulation (you could have knocked me over with a feather) and also prefer “sloppy” kisses. In other words, they get off on exchanging saliva to transmit testosterone, thereby increasing the sex drive in both partners. Sneaky little devils.
Overall, the science of kissing – philematology – is still vastly under researched, but scientists are making great strides in this regard. And all along we thought we were just making contact with our mouths.
Happy Valentine’s Day and happy kissing!
Keta Diablo writes erotica for multi-publishers. You can find her on the web at www.ketadiablo.com, or visit her blog, Keta’s Keep at http://www.ketaskeep.blogspot.com.