Male and Female Observation: T

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Male and Female Observation Paper: Touch He slid a hand through her hair, the glossy strands sifting through his fingers. He lowered his mouth to hers, his kiss smothering any protest she might have made. The taste of her was sweet. The feel of her body in his arms regenerated his strength. Desire burned away the fatigue and the kiss burned hotter, wilder. (Hoag, 232) When a person touches someone, even with the brush of a hand, that touch can stir up so many feelings. In the anecdote above, just from the woman's warm embrace, the man's "strength" returns and he is uplifted from whatever depression that has struck him. The interpretation of touch is different between men and women. In this study, men to men, women to women, and men to women interactions were observed. The main part of the study was done in shopping malls, cafeterias, and at bus stops, with ages ranging from fifteen to about thirty-five years old.

Men to men interactions are the strangest, for men seem to not want to touch one another at all. For example, If a man is sitting on a bench at a bus stop and another man comes and sits down next to him, they will never touch. Not even friends at a bus stop touch, except for the very occasional high-five or handshake. In cafeterias, they sit sown as far away from each other as possible, and they talk without looking at their friend or moving towards them.

Shopping malls are a different story altogether. When men go to shopping malls together, usually it is to look for "chicks". Out of sight of a girl a man will walk a casual distance away from their friends. Yet, when a girl is within eye contact they will usually start...