Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Kissing warning: health and safety gone mad!

With the news that a young woman in China has become partially deaf from kissing (supposedly), readers of the China Daily were warned "While kissing is normally very safe, doctors advise people to proceed with caution"!

Doctor Li explains that "The inner ear is connected to the mouth through a tube, whose chief function is to equalize the pressure between the two... In this case, the kiss reduced the pressure in the mouth, pulled the eardrum out and caused the breakdown of the ear." Ouch.

Am I alone in thinking that if her partner's technique involved enough *suck* to pop her eardrum it probably was not the most enjoyable experience anyway - deafness aside. Although, let's not be sexist, perhaps the woman was to blame. Perhaps she was attempting to inflate him like a puffer fish and did herself a mischief in the process. Again, I'm betting this was not the world's greatest smooch, even before the unfortunateness.

In others words they were doing it wrong. In which case, surely, the papers should not be advising "caution" when puckering up, to curb a non-existent epidemic of "kiss of deaf", but rather should be providing expert guides and masterclasses in kissing to raise the general standard and promote well being.

Curious how the press always seems more ready to say "sex is dangerous" than "let's promote best practice" lest it seems to be encouraging lascivious conduct. Which it would be obviously.

1 comment:

James said...

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