New reports show former vice president, Joe Biden, kissing and smelling a woman’s hair. Aside from the creepiness, I see this as an extremely egotistical act. Apparently, he imagines that any woman would be thrilled to be nuzzled by himself. But, would you want Joe Biden to smell your hair.?
Let’s turn the tables here. Instead of an old geezer like Biden nuzzling a younger woman, imagine if an elderly lady such as Judy Dench came up behind some young man and started smelling and kissing him? Would he feel flattered? Would he welcome her actions as a sign of support? Or would he see her as a nasty old lady who could be in the first stages of dementia?
The nationally syndicated newspaper journalist , Kathleen Parker , defended Biden’s hugging- smelling- kissing routine in her latest op ed column, stating that this is merely something southern people do. No dear, they don’t. I have two granddaughters, born and raised in Atlanta, and I can assure you they would not welcome some old guy sneaking up from behind, rubbing their shoulders and smelling their hair.
The smelling part is really weird. It’s almost perverted. I thought only dogs sniffed strange women.
Some people are touchy-feely-huggers. They will throw their arms around anyone who walks in the door. I once knew a person who hugged everyone. But later, when the huggee was not present, she might severely criticize that very person she hugged on an earlier occasion. Obviously, her hugs were not a sincere sign of affection—she was simply a good actress, playing the role of a warm, loving person.
I only hug people whom I sincerely care about and feel close to. Or perhaps to show sympathy for someone who’s going through a difficult time. I do not want, or welcome, hugs from casual acquaintances or politicians. A light tap on the arm is all that’s needed if you want to show that you’re glad to see me. You really don’t need to kiss my hair.