Cut it out with the public displays of affection!

Cut it out with the public displays of affection!


Tourist couple kissing under the sunset in the waterfront in Tsim Sha Tsui.
Photo: Felix Wong/SCMP

I'm no prude. There's nothing wrong with being in love, or demonstrating affection. But there is a line that divides appropriate antics from inappropriate ones. In public places, this line can be overstepped very easily.

Recent viral videos have shown couples "embracing" on buses much to the visible discomfort of fellow passengers.

There are laws that forbid certain levels of nudity or intimacy in public, with a maximum punishment of seven years in jail. But does the couple deserve public outrage?

Any stigma attached to public displays of affection is linked to cultural attitudes. Chinese traditions favour more conservative values. However, modern society is fixated by falling in love. Nowadays, the mindset seems to be if people have a problem with seeing PDA, it's up to them to ignore it.

There's nothing wrong with wanting to feel physically close to someone. But when this means becoming a meat pancake in front of a reluctant audience, it's a problem. No matter how sweet, public affection is rarely for the benefit of the public.

Couples: yes, your relationship is great. We don't all need to see how great it is.

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
Too much love?


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