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Q: Why do some women refuse a handshake? religion?

7 years 44 weeks ago in  Culture - Lanzhou

 
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It depends. If the woman is from a muslim country, usually it's not appropriate to shake hands with a man. If she's Chinese, maybe she's just shy.

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A woman doesn't have to hand shake at all, If you are a guy don't be the first to put your hand out!! Man what the hell has happened with guys? don't you know anything about customs and ettiquette?

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well it could be religion and culture of ASIA.

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In many countries you shake hand with the husband and politely bow to the wife. That's what we are supposed to do in France, but more and more people shake hands with women as well...

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Muslims likely...

Last time I was in France everyone was hugging and kissing each other including the first time they met, so I have no idea what part of France you're from kikoya! I've been going there since 1970 never seen the "polite bow" crap you're talking about but always a handshake , hug or a kiss or all the fore mentioned...

Alex66 sounds like you have a warped reality as well, I come from a place where men and women are equal and we treat them the same, it is a courtesy and a sign of friendship (internationally) so I will make it a point to always try to put my hand out first to either sex. Maybe not where you're from but everywhere else, that is good custom and a sign of good etiquette.

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Maybe I am getting old!! Wink

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Maybe they know that most people here don't use soap or even wash their hands at all. I know I'm a little nervous when a guy here offers his hand, I don't really want to shake it.

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We bow with hands formed as a fist to each other when we meet... Wink

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before ladies gave the hand ,now most of them refuse almost the moslims.
some men profit the situation sometimes and catch the hand of the lady for long time.

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maybe it's the touching? i do not shake hands with women I meet, Shaking hands comes from an old Roman tradition, that shows that you do not have a sword in your hand.
After we had the SARS thing around, I started the '' no touching handshake '', the arm goes up and down but no touching,, usually anyone that practices this new custom with me laughs at the same time... I think it's a good change.

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i do the hand shaking and then go immediately to wash my hands again, pain in the ass for a formal dinner, usually if women present they shake hands also.

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It's same with guys if you are referring to Muslims. It's a matter of religion, man and woman are not allowed to touch except if they either married or unmarriageable related i.e parents, siblings, uncles.

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I think in some Muslim countries, and this could also be true for poor rural Chinese, a specific hand is dedicated to wiping your booty in lieu of toilet paper. If thats the case then I don't blame them for not shaking hands.

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No on the contrary my dear goldenboy on the contrary. It has to do with germaphobia. THey are afraid you didn't wash your hands clean enough to stop the transfer of germs from your hand to theirs. 

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There are cookies, bookies and too many rookies for me to sit here trying to be a hooky! Looky Looky don't call me a wooky. Touchy Touchy Feely Feely Spicy Spicy Nicey Nicey & that's what the doctor Ordered!!

 
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