How would you define physical intimacy between two people? What does intimacy mean to you?
Is a handshake an intimate exchange? A pat on the back? A hug? Do you consider all sex intimate? What about an unilateral hug? Is it intimate? A kiss on the cheek? A kiss on the lips?
When are you physical intimate with someone, and what does it mean to you?
Where do you draw the line of sexual intimacy. A kiss on the cheek to a lady friend is not regarded as sexual when greeting...but if you do that to a man, you get weird looks. Is it all culture-based?
Also, the polygyny thread made me think about the topic of polygamy and how it's frowned upon by society. Why is that? People are emotional and physically intimate with many people at the same time, why not sexually? What is so wrong about open relationships?
Do you think you have a well-formed idea of when and why and how you choose to be intimate intimate with someone, or do you think it's closely tied to society's expectations of you? And how closely related do you think physical intimacy is to emotional intimacy and where do you drawn the line that separates it from sexual intimacy?