My sophmore year of high school, my biology teacher Mr. Ranft (the best biology teacher ever) told us we could ask him any questions about biology that we wanted to, and he would find us an answer. A classmate asked, “So what makes kissing feel good?”
Mr. Ranft said, “You don’t want to know and I don’t even know if I should tell you.”
And we asked, intrigued, “What? Why? Tell us!”
After a pause and a sigh, he said, “Kissing feels good because the sensitive mucus membranes around your mouth touching those of others resemble your genitalia coming into contact during intercourse.”
The class was silent. Eventually, someone said, “We want to kiss people because it’s like sex? Mouth sex?”
Mr. Ranft nodded. We looked at each other, and this did seem to ring true. I don’t know if we were grossed out, though he looked mildly nonplussed by our measured and thoughtful response. And now, every time I see a quivery pair of lips, I think about how much it resembles other sensitive mucus membranes on the body. Maybe this is why I find kissing so hilarious.
This is unexpectedly hot.