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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Con: Public displays of affection

A public displays of affection, otherwise known as PDA, is something everyone has an opinion on. Beyond handholding and tender kisses on the cheek in between classes, more than the public proclamation of lust between partners, public display of affection is a blatant disregard for those surrounding who can witness the groping and tongue wars.

There is something in the air this time of year that causes an eruption to everyday routine. Suddenly almost everyone is in love and not afraid to show it. There’s a very thin line between cuteness and “Get a room!”

Imagine you’re walking down the street just minding your own business and suddenly out of the corner of your eye you see two people going at it. I don’t mean fighting; I’m talking about making out, or hooking up! Whatever generation you’re from, you get the picture. Even Cupid would be disgusted at the shameless displays of affection all over campus.

A young couple crossing campus hand-in-hand is not the issue. It is the couple on top of one another groping and kissing lost in the midst of inappropriately displaced heat of passion. Personally I think that PDA is gross and offensive. Holding hands and kissing a little is fine though the other stuff should be done privately.

Couples sitting on the laps of one another in front of the Freudian sip, laying on the grass behind the bookstore or cuddling while hungry students try to finish their lunch are enough to cause reflexive regurgitation.

Some are much more discreet, but still disrespectful to fellow students. Hiding under the shade of a tree nuzzled against one another does not make the jean rubdown any less inappropriate, just a little easier to miss. Knowing someone nearby is feeling a pleasure tabooed in society that causes passersby to feel uncomfortable and awkward, not a moment that needs to be shared with students hustling to class.

Life at Pierce College should be kept to a professional manner with the respectful demeanor toward peers. A suggestion to combat the urge would be using your cellphone. If the tension becomes too thick to maintain self-control, resort to your cellphone to satisfy momentary weakness.

With the sexual desires channeled through mobile devices, couples can get private in a public place without infringing on the comfort of those nearby. Doing this seems like it could very well be simple solution for a very big problem.


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