Inspired by the insipid Twilight series, or so it is alleged, teen biting is a phenomenon in which, well, teens gnaw on each other as a sign of affection. As far as I know, it’s not done to the point where blood is drawn, but who’s to say that applies in all cases? Anyhow, this trend is apparently regionalized for now, which is good. But it must be squashed. Why? Well, aside from the further disintegration of the vampire persona, there’s a few reasons:
- Dominance Mechanism – The level of bite is, well, determined by the biter. I suppose it is a show of trust between the parties in which they’d let each other do this, but that doesn’t make it any less questionable. Just wait for the deadly “act of passion” where an artery was “accidentally” severed due to a toothly mishap.
- Hygiene – Well, this should be obvious, but I suppose many…romantic acts are quite uncleanly, also.
- Sign Of Care – This is not only a sexual maneuver, per se – friends will bite other friends in less amorous zones (such as the upper arm) to show their appreciation. Because what’s not appreciative about inflicting physical pain on someone?
A nice helping of cognitive dissonance was passed around the table when hickeys became a popular form of endearment, and now there’s this. Whoever says the media has only a trifling influence in people’s lives was repeatedly stabbed in the ear with a shoehorn.
Let Teen Biting Die
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