After all, giving a hug (for most mormal people….. Acci ) is NOT thought of as a sexual act.
Mormal people? You mean Mormons? What about other religious groups, though?
And a hug can be a sexual act. It all depends on the spirit in which the hug is given. Sort of like kissing; in the Middle East and parts of the Mediterranean region, guys kissing guys is considered a normal greeting among acquaintances. They just don’t kiss their friends in greeting in the same way in which they kiss their wives.
Accually Acci, they do in many cases. I remember being pretty uncomfortable holding my boyfriend’s in public in some countries around the Mediterranean because we were often the oddity being a heterosexual couple. It was more common in Beirut to see male couples than it was to see mixed sexual couples. But a great part of that was because wives were (in some countries around the Med) for one specific purpose and young men didn’t marry until they were a lot older and could both afford a wife, were more sexually settled and were ready to make children.