Why is hand holding between men/boys and kissing on the nose, rubbing your nose together seen as something sexual/ a signature that someone is in a relationship?
I noticed that in America if y’all see two people holding hands you would assume they were in a relationship and if you see two people kissing on the nose that it equals = sexual/romantic activity. And when you go to foreign countries and apply this logic, it rubs me the wrong way as in most cultures this is just seen as a gesture between friends.
For example in Nigeria, men or boys who are friends hold hands. It is not wrong to hold your friends hand if you’re male no one would assume you’re anything more. It is a simple common hand gesture that should not be interpreted as romantic/sexual. So if you have a Nigerian-American friend who identifies as a dude/boy and you see him holding hands with another dude you shouldn’t assume they are in a romantic relationship as they could just be friends! Hand holding is not sexual period.
Putting noses against each other in Arabs is a showing of friendship or to simply say you’re peers, there was this girl who saw two arab men rubbing noses together and thought they were in a relationship in turned out one of the men were already married and they were simply best friend. And it rubbed me the wrong way how she applied western/American ideals in other cultures/countries. Like I get it because she was born in America and all but it still rubbed me the wrong way you know? https://www.thenationalnews.com/arts-culture/ask-ali-why-rubbing-noses-is-more-than-just-a-custom-1.366159 https://www.thenationalnews.com/arts-culture/ask-ali-gulf-region-arabs-respect-elders-by-rubbing-noses-1.346225 http://fatimaabbadi.blogspot.com/2014/10/nose-kiss-how-gulf-arab-greet.html
Anyway what is something that you know is seen as acceptable in a country or culture but people often mistake it for being romantic/sexual?