Lately I've been upset about what a touch-averse culture that I live in. I know that most of my friends are way off the end of the curve in accepting touch and it bugs me that it should be so. Even among rather touch-friendly people, many feel that cuddles really means something more. Here, at work, there was one woman comforting another and I knew that the appropriate action was to pretend that I didn't see anything. What a bunch a hooey. Concern for my fellow co-workers should be a good thing. Expressing emotion should be a part of life, like breathing or drinking, not a shameful thing.
About the only thing that I can do about these things is to try to be an example of doing things a little differently. But I've got to make sure that I don't do them so differently that I'm just regarded as a freak. It's the little adjustments that help the best, not the sudden shifts.