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Buster Brown receives an eye-popping kiss from one of his little friends.
Kissing in anime.

A kiss is the touching of one person's lips to another place, which is used as an expression of affection, respect, greeting, farewell, good luck, romantic affection or sexual desire. The act of giving a kiss is called kissing.

The most common forms of kissing include:

  • kissing a person's lips (the mutual kiss)
  • "tongue kiss" or "French kiss" (on the lips, but with tongue use, mutual)
  • cheek kissing (mutual, also possible as "air kissing", i.e. without the lips actually touching the cheek)
  • cheek kissing (unidirectional)
  • hand-kissing (as a gesture of reverence, respect, and affection)
  • foot-kissing (as a gesture of submission, a stereotype of the slave-master relationship)
  • kissing any part of another person's body (e.g. in sexual foreplay)
  • kissing an object (e.g. a cup won in sports)

Kissing is a lot culture dependent. For example, in Islamic culture, kissing in public is rarely seen, and if so, mostly among members of the same sex. Even cheek kissing between a male and female is usually considered inappropriate, unless within the same family; e.g. brother and sister. In Western culture, kissing is most common among members of the opposite sex. In some places such as Latin America or France, a ritualized form of kissing has its place in the normal social greeting gesture (mostly male-female and female-female, but less commonly male-male).

Hand-kissing was popular in parts of Western culture until the first half of the 20th century, when it fell out of fashion. Sometimes children were taught not to shake an adult's hand that was offered to them, but to kiss it instead (with a bow or curtsey), as a gesture of respect. Today, hand kissing is mostly known from cartoons, old movies, and in scenarios with royalty or the high clergy (kissing a bishop's hand or ring).

In many cultures, children are taught to kiss other people on their parent's request, typically to greet, say goodbye, or say goodnight. Parents will also kiss their children in many situations, especially in welcoming, saying goodbye, saying good night, comforting, congratulating, praising, and spontaneous gestures of affection.

Kissing and spanking[edit]

Vintage photo of two half-nude women kissing.

Kissing can be combined and put to use in spanking:

  • the spankee kissing the spanker:
    • hand-kiss as a gesture of apology or submission
    • foot-kiss (the same, in master-slave play)
    • as a gesture of affection or sexual desire
  • the spankee kissing the instrument of correction (best known as kissing the birch rod)
  • the spanker kissing the spankee:
    • as a gesture of forgiveness
    • as a gesture of affection or sexual desire

Kissing can also be put to good use in ageplay by using the classic gestures of parent/child interaction, e.g. the good-night kiss or the kiss on the forehead.

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