Reading this from NCbear made me think about the last time I saw two men be physically gentle with each other. Turns out it was the last time I visited my dear friend and his partner in DC. I see hetero men shaking hands, slapping each other on the back, and even when I witness a hug it's usually of the abrupt quick-squeeze-and-rapid-hand-pats-on-the-back sort. That unselfconscious body contact doesn't really exist in the hetero male world and I have one gay friend who isn't a touchy-feely sort in public. I wonder if that's just not his style or if he's habitually responding to the cultural norm of men not physically responding to each other in public. This is not the first time i've pondered over one of NCbear's posts but I thought this one deserved its own thread. So...what say you? Are men only doing what they're programmed to do or are they avoiding intimacy with each other, be it sexual or not?