Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Let's Hug It Out Bitch....

Ari: You wanna hug it out? Let's hug it out bitch.

Hugging it out. Not a bad way to end the day or even to start the day. I love hugging. I find it very comforting and special. I am not quite sure of the reason to actually put your arms around another human being as they put their arms around you and you both squeeze each other for a small amount of time until one of you sort of slowly lets go. Also, i've been hugged where both of us sort of sway back and forth while grasping each other. Is this normal???

The hug is one of the most common human signs of love and affection. What is cool about hugging is that it can be performed in public and not looked at as some PDA. Two woman can hug as two men can hug. BUT, and here is a big but men hugging takes on a whole new dimension. I just recently saw this:

The pound hug: (from widipedia)
A stylized greeting, exclusively performed between two males, the pound hug (also referred to as a "pound shake," "man hug," "dude hug," "shug," "hetero hug,"or a "hip-hop hug") consists of a combination of a handshake and one-armed hug. Unlike the traditional hug, which symbolically and effectively removes interpersonal barriers and unites the two persons embracing, the male hug – performed by keeping the right hand locked in handshake while the left arm wraps around the other's shoulder – interposes the obstacle of the two right arms to the joining of the two bodies. While a common variant of this hug does not include the handshake but rather uses both arms to embrace , it still retains the essential ingredient of the double slap on the back, a symbol of masculinity that underlies the true meaning behind the hug as an admittance of affection while still maintaining distance so as not to appear "un-manly"

Now i don't know about you, but i appreciate seeing two men hugging it out. For real. Not this pound hug shit. European men not only hug each other, but kiss each other hello as well. I like that. I think its cool to see two men being open and honest and affectionate with one another in a friendly way. I would though perhaps give a second look if the huggers started the sway i was talking about earlier. That would mean that the hug is going on just a tad longer than it probably should, which would probably mean that they perhaps were enjoying this hugging it out bitch stuff. Ya know? Not that there's anything wrong with that!!!

Then there's the dreaded air kiss. What's up with that?? I've practiced air kissing many times. The air kiss is a pretence of kissing: the lips are pursed as if kissing, but without actually touching the other person's body. Sometimes the air kiss includes touching cheek-to-cheek. Also, the gesture may be accompanied by the "mwah" sound. MWAH!!!!  You freaking purse your lips as if to kiss, yet you don't. Why? I don't get it. Why bother then?

Instead i would go with the hug. Much more intimate and it feels good. Air kissing is a waste of precious, well air.

I've been hugged when i really need to be and i must say it was a comfort and joy. Plus the sway was involved and that made the hug last even longer. I felt embraced in the love that was pulsing out of the hug. Ok, that sounds ridiculous but gosh darn it i felt it dude!!

I am not even sure why i am so enthralled with this hugging phenomenon. I mean its not a new thing or an extraordinary thing either. Its just something that can be done in public, an acceptable form of affection or support and i like it damn it.

Not to worry. When we all meet i won't expect a hug from each and every one of you. Unless of course we all break out in spontaneous air kissing which at that point i will have to break all that up and do this:

Raw cool will be giving out these:

I am fully and well aware at how incredibly, insanely corny this post is, but like whatever. Deal with it OK? Hey, its not everyday you are offered something nice for FREE!! So, go with it and just hug it out bitches!!!!

It's Liz Lemon
Frank: Hey, what’s wrong with you?
Liz: What?
Frank: Your face. It’s like you’re happy or something.
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