I’ve written two posts about public spitting, in which I have characterized the offenders as being mostly or all male. It would seem that we can’t blame males entirely for the cancer-spit covered sidewalks that grace this fine nation. Perhaps one of my readers might explain why some smoker/squatter/spitters prefer what I call the “dribbling” method of spitting, whereby they don’t actually projectile-spit, but instead kind of let the spittle dribble from their mouths into a pool on the ground. Is it perhaps to avoid the nasty sound of projectile-spitting? Most dribble-spitters I’ve observed have been middle school or high school children. I’m guessing our female friend in the pictures below (face censored by myself) is dribble-spitting because she doesn’t want to call attention and censure to herself from Korea’s hardline, traditional, ajeossi ruling class who sometimes double as the moral police in matters related to women in public.
I’m curious about all aspects of public spitting. Call me an amateur researcher in the field if you will. If smokers hate the taste of cigarettes so much, why do they smoke? Someone enlighten me. My father has been smoking since he was 12, never once have I seen him spit. My uncle chews tobacco, but never once have I seen him spit it onto a public street, or within view of a stranger. A good many of my Korean friends smoke (actually all of them but one does), but I’ve never seen them spit. Perhaps it’s a regional thing, or a socio-economic thing. Perhaps there is some folk tale floating around that if you spit, the cancer won’t stay in your body, or that phlegm itself is poisonous and must be expelled from the body at all times.
And another thing, if we have public ash-trays for smokers, why not public spittoons for spitters? Why is one segment of society being completely marginalized while the other is being catered to? Furthermore, with the widespread habit of spitting already firmly entrenched, and the rate of male smoking hovering around the 50% mark, why has chewing tobacco not become a popular seller in Korea? It would seem to combine two popular past times into one exciting new hobby. And do female spitters hide this habit from their boyfriends/husbands, or is this a hobby in which they bot engage in together? Is this perhaps a turn-on for some men? These, and other vital, life changing questions are being pondered on this cold Monday afternoon in the office.