Saliva, between want and disgust – Le Monde


Saliva between desire and disgust – Le Monde MAIA MAZAURETTE

Let it’s stated: Intercourse is an exercise (and an organ) that will get moist. This summer time, Maïa Mazaurette places on her diving go well with to introduce us to those liquids. On this last episode we don’t spit within the soup, however find yourself as an appetizer – we meet saliva.

Traits : Saliva, a transparent fluid produced by the salivary glands, permits us to chew, swallow, communicate, protects us from a complete vary of micro organism… and permits sexual practices exterior of the sacrosanct vaginal penetration – one thing 9 out of ten individuals in France have already sucked or licked their accomplice’s penis (IFOP, 2017).

Determine: In response to the Norwegian Asmund Eikenes, writer and physician of cell biology, “the salivary glands produce as much as 1.5 liters of saliva day-after-day, greater than a carton of milk!” » (in blood, sweat, saliva… The shocking mechanics of fluids (des physique) », Dunod, 2021). This milk carton is available in two types: viscous resting saliva and stimulated saliva.

Gluttony: By changing strong into liquid, saliva makes us really feel the style of meals…it even makes us anticipate pleasure, therefore the expression “saliva” (earlier than profiteroles). Metaphorically, our mouths can in fact water: for instance, on the prospect of an erotic rendezvous.

A kiss : Kissing with tongue is a fantasy for youngsters… but additionally for bacterial transmission consultants. In 2012, a bunch of Dutch researchers led by microbiology professor Remco Kort collected saliva samples from twenty-one {couples} earlier than and after a moist kiss that lasted about ten seconds. Conclusion of the experiment: A pair who kissed intensely greater than 9 instances a day would launch sufficient micro organism to mark their respective tongues for all times. Sufficient to make it clear to everybody that eliminating an ex isn’t that straightforward. Second end result (barely extra reassuring): The saliva that flows into the abdomen after such a kiss would stop new micro organism from being deposited within the oral cavity and on the tongues of the 2 lovers.

Symbolic: Sorry to these of you consuming breakfast, however saliva brings us again to the hellish trio of drool, spit, and spit. The primary two are (normally) involuntary. After we consider drooling, we naturally consider childhood and the dripping child. Adults, however, proceed to drool: of their sleep, within the flowing fullness of sleep (warning: morning breath!). Saliva, in flip, sends us again to the world of grime… and even illness, as Covid-19 has proven us.

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