At risk of sounding like the hooker from the movie Pretty Woman, I have a confession to make: I don't like to kiss on the mouth.
There. I said it and I'm not ashamed. But I am perplexed by my feelings on something as simple, sometimes sweet and sometimes sexy, as kissing.
Kissing is a damn strange thing. It can be innocent; like kissing your little baby or your grandmother. It can be wildly passionate; say when you're making out with that handsome stranger who shared your elevator down to the lobby. It can be confusing and possibly hot; as it was with the person who used to give me a soft, lingering kiss on the side of the neck while giving me a friendly hug. Actually, that was pretty hot if a little confusing.
I don't care for a chaste peck on the lips, and I usually feel skeeved out by playing tonsil-hockey, but I'm okay with kisses on the cheek. I've never kissed my son on the mouth. I won't kiss my family members on the mouth. Heck, I generally won't even kiss my own husband on the mouth. I used to, in the early days, but it's not my favorite way to show affection. Heh, I guess he's lucky that kissing on the mouth was the one thing I stopped doing after we got married!
I have no problem with kissing in general; I just don't like kissing on the mouth. I didn't always have this weirdness about kissing and it was common to kiss family members on the lips when I was growing up. I can't quite put my finger on when I developed a distaste for smooching, but I definitely don't care for it most of the time.
Note that I said "most of the time." Sure, I'll still mouth-kiss if I'm horny enough or if I've had enough wine or vodka. Otherwise, I'm not of a fan of exploring someone's mouth. I mean, I'm not a whack-a-doodle about germs or anything, but mouths are pretty freaking gross. Just thinking about the bacteria level found in a healthy mouth totally creeps me out.
Hm, you know, I might be a whack-a-doodle about germs because I'm not fond of shaking hands and it makes me mental to hear someone incessantly coughing. I promise that I won't go all Howard Hughes though. Unless I was as wealthy as HH, I'd be called crazy instead of eccentric.
What's your opinion about kissing? Is it Hot or Not? Am I the only person who doesn't really like it all that much?
Funny side note: I was looking at cracked.com yesterday and came across a pic of a watermelon that had been carved to look like a mouth, complete with tongue and teeth. Yes, it grossed me out.