Cosmopolitan (South Africa) - - MANTHROPOLOGY -

Ath­letes spit. Cow­boys spit. What lit­tle boy doesn’t want to be an ath­lete or a cow­boy? So we hawk loo­gies. It car­ries over to adult­hood be­cause, let’s be hon­est, we still want to be ath­letes or cow­boys. The kids in did it in­stead of shak­ing hands. The sib­lings spit and shook hands to seal a deal. Send­ing saliva sail­ing is a way of mark­ing your ter­ri­tory with­out hav­ing to pee on a tree. Sure, it’s all pos­tur­ing, but we do it so much that it be­comes nat­u­ral. Plus, it’s fun! It has all the il­licit thrill of lit­ter­ing, with­out the en­vi­ron­men­tal con­se­quences. It safely com­mu­ni­cates: I’m work­ing hard. I don’t care what you think. But mostly, it says: I’m re­ally try­ing to look cool.

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