Public Display of Affection: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

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We’ve all been there. Smack dab in the middle of a good make-out section that we aren’t a part of. What do you do? Look away? Stare? Tell the frisky couple to get a room? If only it were legal to cattle prod these people.

We’ve all been there. Smack dab in the middle of a good make-out section that we aren’t a part of. What do you do? Look away? Stare? Tell the frisky couple to get a room? If only it were legal to cattle prod these people. Public Displays of Affection, a.k.a. PDA, come in a variety of forms. My heart swells when I see an older couple holding hands on a park bench, or a newly wed couple sharing a short kiss. It’s the romantic in me that feels proud to witness such sincere displays of affection. And then…..there’s porno affection. No one, I repeat NO ONE wants to witness porno PDA, unless they’ve paid good money to see it. Listed below, I’ve categorized the different forms of PDA.

The Good

Holding hands – You can’t go wrong with hand holding. It’s a classic, old fashioned way of showing you care.

Quick kiss – A quick kiss on the cheek, or even lips, is perfectly acceptable. There should be no exchange of spit, however.

I love you – It’s perfectly acceptable to say those three words in public. I Love You. People like hearing it, and it will make your partner feel secure that you are able to say it in public. Repeated use of the phrase, in a social situation, however, will tend to get a bit awkward. Keep it at a minimum.

Hair play – Hair play can really fit into all categories. If it’s done lightly on the nape of the neck, for instance, it should be fine. If you are so into it that you mess up the hair, or make the person receiving the hair play moan…you’ve gone too far.

Hugging – Nothing wrong with a nice hug. Just keep the hands above the beltline.

When and where is it appropriate? For the most part, Good public displays of affection are accepted everywhere. However, aside from holding hands, you shouldn’t display affection at church, funerals, or any formal situations.

The Bad

Neck Sucking – People please. There shall be no sucking of any kind in public.

Tongue kissing – Unless your licking an ice cream cone, keep your tongue in your mouth in public. One of the most uncomfortable situations possible is having to witness two people tongue wrestle. It’s just wrong.

Up skirting – What I mean by up skirting is this. If your lady is wearing a skirt, your hand should not go passed the hemline. Keep the placement of your hands in check.. Ladies, the same rule is in effect for you. If your man is wearing shorts, keep your mitts below the bottom of them.

Butt touching – Now, butt touching can be done in a way that’s not THAT offensive. A light tap on the buns is okay. But rubbing, or holding of the butt…..is BAD

I want you – Although hearing a couple say "I love you" to each other is nice, hearing them say "I want you", is a whole other issue. It makes others uncomfortable, so if you must say it, whisper it. No one wants to know you are having urges in front of them.

When and where is it appropriate? Pretty much nowhere. Any intimate touching should be done in private, not in public for others to have to see.

The Ugly

Porno affection – The Ugly list includes all things porno. Touching, grabbing, humping, groping, grinding, tongue kissing, genital stroking, sex talk, and anything that describes sex beginning with an "F". Also, no exposing your top or bottom area. Hello! THERE IS NO ACCEPTABE PLACE FOR PORNO AFFECTION. Keep it private, keep it quiet, and keep it in the bedroom. Ewwwwww………………..

Richard JaramilloRichard “RJ” Jaramillo, is the Founder of SingleDad.com,
a website and social media resource dedicated to single parenting and specifically for the newly divorced, re-married, widowed and single Father with children.
RJ is self employed, entrepreneur living in San Diego and a father of three children. The mission of SingleDad is to help the community of Single Parents
“Make Life Happen…Again!”

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Richard “RJ” Jaramillo, is the Founder of SingleDad.com, a website and social media resource dedicated to single parenting and specifically for the newly divorced, re-married, widowed and single Father with children. RJ is self employed, entrepreneur living in San Diego and a father of three children. The mission of SingleDad is to help the community of Single Parents “Make Life Happen…Again!”