Public Display of Affection. Do You Kiss in Public?

Written By bryanboy

Public Display of Affection. Do You Kiss in Public?

So, do you kiss in public?

American soldier kissing his girlfriend at Pennsylvania Station in New York. 1944.

(Yes, I know. I'm still obsessed with all these photos, can you tell? Haha!)

I do, yes.

What other people think is utterly irrelevant. I show and express my emotions and feelings and I like it when someone I’m seeing does the same. One could say, "oh it's so gross to watch other people". Well, their business is their business alone so if you don’t like it then don’t watch. It’s like looking at someone with a very grotesque pair of, oh I don't know, jeans, like mom jeans. If it’s annoying the hell out of me then I’m gonna look at the other way. I’m not gonna go around and say “oi, your jeans are hideous!”.

We all have our own attitudes about PDA, yes, and that's perfectly fine. Vive la différence as they say. But there are some out there who are temporarily trapped in a moment of passion — as evident with the photo above of the American soldier kissing his girlfriend goodbye — if they feel like snogging, let them! Who are you to deprive people of that precious moment?

Sometimes, it’s not nice to control what you shouldn’t control. Follow what your heart says and let everything go. What is wrong with being affectionate? Is it really that obscene to hold hands or to rest your head on someone’s shoulder or have a nice little snog while being at a busy cafe? No.

I remember one time when I dated this guy many, many years back. Very straight-acting scouse. We were walking around town and out of nowhere, I grabbed his hand and then he held my hand for what seemed to be hours. I kept looking at him from time to time to see what his reaction was but he didn’t bat an eyelash. Later that night when we had dinner he told me he’s never really held hands with a guy before and I was his first time; he said he felt odd at first but it felt great. I almost died.

I’m not saying that EVERYONE should go around and go on a face-eating spree… I understand that some people are against PDAs… but for me, alas, I’m a very affectionate person.

photo credit: life

0 Comments

  1. Amen to that!!! There are definitely worse things to watch than a kiss…

  2. Wow, as a guy from Liverpool I was surprised you knew what a scouser was! Thought the expression went no further than the South of England. Were you actually in Liverpool at the time? And yes, most of our gay guys are more butch than the average. More frisky in the sack too.

  3. Ahh you just described a dream of mine! I would love to walk hand in hand with another guy but anyone I have ever dated is really uncomfortable with it. It’s irritating how an honest expression of love can often be misconstrued to the public as a political statement. I just want to hold hands dangnabbit!

  4. labriana

    It’s all relative. Tasteful displays of public affection are glorious; ones swimming in saliva and other bodily fluids are not. Needless to say, Mr and Mrs American Soldier fall into the former category.

  5. Thats the sweetest thing I’ve ever seen.. very infinite. like you, I am very passionate person and kissing in public was not bad, as long as you know who you are kissing.. lol!
    -joyce

  6. I had to get a 5 hour train back to Paris last week and sat by a couple who were ON each other getting their mack on and such. I think I saw some hand on cock action too.
    Since then its no kissing in places like public transport and places that would creep people out.

  7. WTF(WhatTheFashion)

    Yes.. PDA reminds me of a boyfriend that surrounds you with his arm on your waist while walking! Fun times!

  8. I agree that this picture is beautiful. I am all for showing affection in public for someone you love, however I feel as though the time period of this picture makes the public makeout more acceptable. Everything that takes place in the 1940s naturally looks classier than it would nowadays. Pictures from this time period are romanticized into something perfect, while if this picture were of two people making out today it would not have the same reaction from people.
    btw love the blog Bryanboy!

  9. I agree that this picture is beautiful. I am all for showing affection in public for someone you love, however I feel as though the time period of this picture makes the public makeout more acceptable. Everything that takes place in the 1940s naturally looks classier than it would nowadays. Pictures from this time period are romanticized into something perfect, while if this picture were of two people making out today it would not have the same reaction from people.
    BTW Bryanboy, I love the blog!

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