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I wonder what fool it was that first invented kissing.
We are perhaps the only country in the world where we sniff cheeks to show affection. The Western world loves to nudge and wink and make disparaging remarks about Bangkok being the sex capital of the world. If only they knew the truth. Just this week, in a three-star hotel room in a remote B-list province up North, I had grown tired of counting those bright white cockroach eggs in the bathroom and, in an effort to suppress the sound of overpriced Singha beer cans screaming out ''Drink me!
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Drink me! There was some American sitcom, so hilarious it required canned laughter to remind us when it was funny. One of the characters expressed some outlandish point of view and her sidekick did a double take. Take general displays of affection. It is a common sight in this country to see Western men walking blissfully down the street, hand in hand with his newfound Thai girlfriend.
He may be blissfully walking, but he is also blissfully unaware that his girl is squirming under the harsh, pince-nez glare of Thai society around her.
That's because couples can't show displays of affection in public. Guys and guys can hold hands, since that's not sexual unless you're dancing to Bronski Beat on DJ Station's retro night.
Girls and girls are also very touchy-feely for similar reasons. But a guy and a girl holding hands suggests sexual attraction, and that is as frowned upon in public here as it is necessary to perpetuate that very same society. If holding hands is considered a little too intrusive by Thai standards, then what about kissing? I wasn't aware of the total absence of kissing on the streets until one morning, about 15 years ago, as I crept along in my car at snail's pace on Srinakarin Road.
My eyes casually glanced at a young Thai couple, probably about 18 years old, standing at the bus stop kissing. I nearly rear-ended the pickup in front of me. No, I was not being prudish nor voyeuristic; rather, I realised that after 10 years in Thailand, that was the first time I'd spotted anybody kissing in public. It's a cultural thing. In Australian culture we too have some things we are not meant to do in public.
Picking your nose, for example. Kissing, though, is OK. I once watched a man sitting with his wife on a bus as he picked his nose, carefully examined the contents on his fingers, then flicked it out into the crowded street. The three-step process took a good minute to complete. Now imagine if he spent that one minute kissing his wife instead. This is also apparent in Thai TV dramas.
Strangely, when we farang perform the heinous act, be it in a Holywood movie or HBO series shown on local TV, it is not pixelated.
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We swinging Westerners are morally depraved anyway. Stopping us is a lost cause. Not being able to kiss, let alone have sex, on TV dramas must cause all sorts of headaches for producers, since Thai soapies revolve around sex-hungry men and nymph-like women willing to sleep their ways to the top, then to the bottom, then to the top again.
How do they get around that? The ever-resourceful Thais have invented another way of showing affection in place of the kiss.
It's called horm gaem in Thai, and the literal translation is ''sniff the cheek''. It is seen as a little more delicate, a little less up close and personal than the interlocking of lips.