How Are Your Kisses?

There’s a new book out, The Science of Kissing by Sheril Kirshenbaum, which is on my to-read list. Kissing is one of those things that almost everybody does, but there isn’t nearly as much attention given to it by sex researchers and sexologists as oral sex, intercourse, etc. That’s especially worth thinking about, given that 59% of men and 66% of women have ended a relationship because of a bad kiss, according to one study the author cites.

Why people kiss is still unknown, although there seem to be several interlocking reasons. And there seem to be some gender differences at play. Kirshenbaum said that “men tend to describe kissing as more of a means to an end, hoping it leads to more, whereas women tend to place a lot more emphasis on the act of kissing itself.” Now, I’d like to know whether that information takes into account the diversity of gender roles in different cultures, but I suppose I’ll have to read the book to find out.

Whatever your reasons for kissing are, I bet you didn’t know that you could learn how to do it better. Violet Blue’s entertaining and sweet guide, Seal It With a Kiss, has plenty of useful tips and suggestions that’ll put a bring a blush to your partner’s face.

You could also take the amazing workshop that Tracy Bartlett offers. In fact, it’s so popular that we host it twice every year and it usually fills up. Bring a kissing partner and have a fun afternoon!

Lip Service
Sunday, June 12, 2-4 pm, Polk St.
$40/pair in advance, $45/pair at the door
Click here for tickets
Without a doubt, one of the most overlooked erotic skills is kissing. With over 10 years experience as a workshop presenter\’plus a knack for necking\’Tracy Bartlett will help you add sparks to your smooches. Come to this perennially popular workshop with a kissing partner and try out new techniques, glean communication tips, and find out how to make more of making out. Please bring a bottle of water or juice to help keep your lips lubricated.


Dr. Charlie Glickman

Charlie Glickman is the Education Program Manager at Good Vibrations. He also writes, blogs, teaches workshops and university courses, presents at conferences, and trains sexuality educators. He’s certified by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, and loves geeking out about sex, relationships, sex-positivity, love and shame, communities of erotic affiliation, and sexual practices and techniques of all varieties. Follow him online, on Twitter at @charlieglickman, or on Facebook.

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