Was group chatting with some friends on the BBM, and the PDA question came up, how sincere is this whole Public Display of Affection thingy? And we all had something to say, some thought it was not culturally acceptable in our Nigerian Society, some said it was phony most times, some (like me) felt it was totally adorable if you really are in love and it just comes naturally to want to express your feelings regardless of who is watching.
I am sensitive to what is socially acceptable, in Nigeria for example, places like Lagos would condone PDA in some areas, so I might be more expressive here, but if I were to live in the North, I would be less expressive of my emotions in public, because it would be frowned at.
Socially as well, I recall a friend of mine whose fiancé was going on a trip, and they got all mushy mushy and kissy kissy at the airport, and as we left, I teased that if it had been a bus park, she wouldn’t have dared so brazenly, else the touts at the park would have had a thing or two to say. we laughed about it because we knew it was true. Maybe Wikipedia can explain better;
In most of the developed world, such as the Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the United States, it is very common to see people holding hands, hugging and kissing in public. In nightclubs, it is also common for men and women to "grind" (a form of dancing) or dance closely.
In Latin America, the practice of teenagers gathering in public parks to kiss, caress or even have oral sex has caught the attention of United States media, strikingly because of the lack of political content in this "sexual awakening
In South Africa, it is against the law for anyone under the age of 16 to take part in any public displays of affection. This has led to large protests across the country by teenagers, culminating in Kiss-a-thons in public places across the country.
In India, public display of affection is a criminal offense under Section 294 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860 with a punishment of imprisonment of up to three months, or a fine, or both. This law has been used by the police and lower courts to harass and prosecute couples engaging in PDAs. However in a number of landmark cases the higher courts have dismissed obscenity proceeding against kissing couples. Attacks by vigilante groups also are a danger for those displaying affection.
Like I said earlier, I think PDA can be sweet, romantic and at same time it can be revolting if overdone, get a room already! Some intimate gestures are just lewd and not fit for public viewing, and unfortunately real life is not like cable, we cannot program PG13 on reality.
This is just my view, but as usual I leave you all to your very own opinion which I would be delighted if you would share on my blog.
Have a love filled weekend y'all. TGIF!