Friday 101 (public snogging)

2 Jul

When i was a teenager it was considered cool. A sign to the world, not only that you had a “proper” boyfriend, but that you didn’t care who saw you. Kissing, fondling. In a public space.

But i never really felt comfortable doing it. Even then.

And as for watching other people do it. Yuck!

I still can’t stand it much.

As much as you try desparately not to notice, your gaze is drawn to them like a television in a darkened room. You feel perverted. But you just can’t NOT look.

I’ve always thought that maybe i was your typical English frigid. Or that i envied the romantic abandon? After all, it was only a public display of affection. Wasn’t it? It seems positively lauded in other European countries. In Italy, Spain, France everyone seems to be at it. Are they embracing a natural physical manifestation of young love? Or is it an overdisplay caused by too much sun and too few clothes?

So is it just our English reserve, or am i right to think it’s a bit gross? Watching people eating eachother’s face off. After all, noone could argue it was a pretty sight.

Either way, i just don’t like it. Get a bloody room!

10 Responses to “Friday 101 (public snogging)”

  1. jfb57 July 2, 2010 at 10:09 am #

    I’m with you there! I am really embarrassed by it but as you say, you can’t help but look! As for doing it yourself (centuries ago!) felt very odd & extremely wicked!

  2. Livi July 2, 2010 at 10:34 am #

    I don’t have a problem with PDA’s personally, I don’t watch them, it doesn’t bother me. However, I do NOT like passionate kissing! I’m strictly a gentle kiss on the lips, no tongues, no mouth opening, no no no, ick.

    • marketingtomilk July 2, 2010 at 11:17 am #

      Well I wasnt referring to a hug or holding hands as obscene! It is mainly tongues and wandering hands I object to. Why should I have to walk behind someone fondling his girlfriends butt cheek?

      • Livi July 2, 2010 at 11:20 am #

        Ah the butt cheek fondle I’m afraid I am often on the receiving end of! That doesn’t bother me either!

  3. JulieB July 2, 2010 at 11:18 am #

    There is definitely a fine line between a quick peck on the cheek in greeting (shameless plug – currently topic of my latest post is the confusion in working out which version to go for on that one) and a full-on passionate kiss. Yeuch.

    Remember the days when having a love bite was cool? Double yeuch.

    • marketingtomilk July 4, 2010 at 8:28 pm #

      love bites – that is a w-h-o-l-e post in itself. i remember one party where me and my friends tried to outdo eachother with the no. of lovebites we could give/get. i’m sure the highest was 7. i’m surprised we weren’t karted off for a bloody transfusion. double yeuch. i just don’t understand it with the wisdom of age.

  4. livingdilbert July 2, 2010 at 2:34 pm #

    Well said! It is not just the English reserve! My friend was at a dance performance the other day and she said there was a couple, in their FORTIES, sitting in front of her and making out. She could even hear their lip smacking. She politely leaned forward and said, “Uh…I’m trying to watch this…go get a room!” She said the other patrons applauded her. I only wish I could have seen it. Let’s stick together to stop this awfulness! 🙂 Sure am enjoying your blog!

  5. Heather - Notes From Lapland July 3, 2010 at 6:10 am #

    And I thought it was just me that felt uncomfortable in the face if these things. I do not need to see you tongue being shoved down your girlfriends/boyfriends throat. Ick.

  6. Susie @newdaynewlesson July 4, 2010 at 9:42 am #

    I think it’s horrible when this is done in front of kids as well. Like at the swimming pool. It is really disgusting and sometimes I will politely say there are kids watching and they are impressionable. You would be surprised how often people then apologize and knock it off.

  7. scribblingmum July 7, 2010 at 8:08 pm #

    I’m with you here. Now a kiss on the lips, a big squeeze hug whilst staring each other in the eyes, a gentle tap of the butt; these I like and make me smile as there’s the glipse of something special. But a full on snog is like flashing your knickers in public, a bit cheap. Oh god I feel like a prude now.

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