Out in the open

30 Jan

Once you’re in a relationship, you will probably want to show some signs of affection. This is highly encouraged, not only because it shows the person that you’re with that you not embarrassed by her, but also because it can make others feel awkward if two people who are ostensibly dating act with extreme formality around one another. However, we DIScourage certain types of public displays of affection (PDA, for those of you unfamiliar with the acronym). Extreme PDA, while generally thought to be cute by the couples engaged in it, is, in fact, not. It is awkward for those watching. It reminds single people that they’re single. It makes people in relationships feel like they should show extreme PDA too. It just doesn’t look good. Go ahead, hold hands (aw how cute), link arms (aww how dignified), put your arms around each other’s waists (awww how in love). These are fine because they’re not terribly intimate gestures. However, too much public intimacy is a bad idea. Do not make out in front of others (ewww). No, absolutely not. A quick peck or kiss on the cheek is totally fine and adorable, but there should never be a full on make-out session going on in the view of others. Do not feed each other at dinner. Ugh, what are you, a two year old with your mommy? “Open up for the airplane!” She does not need to spoon-feed you your soup. You should know how to use a fork and knife by this point in your life. And never engage in behavior that looks like you’re about to have sex. Just no. Sitting in a room surrounded by friends? Keep it to an arm around the shoulder, a hand on the knee, or hand-holding. Don’t feel each other up, please, for the rest of us. You don’t have to act like complete strangers, but remember that there are others watching. A good rule for what constitutes acceptable PDA is to think of your favorite Disney movie (we’re talking the animated type, and we assume that you’ve watched them at some point in your life). Do Pocahontas and John Smith ever do more than hold hands, really? Do Cinderella and Prince Charming do more than dance? And just how long is that kiss that Prince Charming plants on Sleeping Beauty? Go ahead, re-watch the Disney movies and see for yourself. Keep it rated G and everything’s all good.

On behalf of the rest of the world, to you in your love bubble, thanks for keeping your relationship appropriate for all audiences.


One Response to “Out in the open”

  1. Peter Chao January 31, 2012 at 1:45 PM #

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQnCi4I0Dgs A good visual for what to do and what not to do

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