Sex is Okay, Kissing is Not: New Flirting Rules for Pandemic Times

Among the distancing measures, experts highlight a safe "protocol" for closeness.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - After this year, flirting will become stranger than ever. Achieving the difficult balance between protecting yourself and enjoying erotic pleasures seems to be the goal, but combining the wearing of masks, safe distancing and intimate closeness to new friends seems impossible.

One need not go too far to find examples: experiences like a simple kiss can be very sexual and trigger the physiological processes that follow arousal, but as Francisca Molero, doctor, clinical sexologist and president of the Spanish Federation of Sexology Societies says, "at this time, kissing a person we have just met is totally . . .

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