Interestingly, there is actually a general etiquette or social expectation in our country when it comes to the topic which is designed to make sure that everyone's comfort levels are respected and that no-one gets arrested for indecent exposure. However, in spite of the guidelines, I'm pretty certain that everyone actually has their own beliefs and individual comfort levels when it comes to PDA. Sometimes the differences are defined by cultural beliefs or upbringing or a person's level of comfort with touchy-feely things. For others it can be the heat of the moment and the law of attraction that dictates what is acceptable at any given moment. For example, someone getting hot and heavy at a nightclub after a skin full of vodka seems like a lot less of a big deal than macking on out the front of local church on a Sunday morning, but that's just my opinion and you may well disagree.
Personally a bit of public pashing in the park is not really a big deal for me, but rubbing up against each other like a couple of cats in heat and anything that leaves one feeling breathless is taking things too far, that's 'get a room' stuff. Generally for me, public groping is a no-no and touching people on any of the private parts of their bodies in front of others is just not okay in public at all. Licking and biting each other is not something that I want to be seeing in the aisles of Kmart and if I see a tongue when people are kissing each other in front of me I am not in my comfort zone any more.
The most explicit public display of affection that I have seen was on a stretch of grass in the city of Rome where I saw a man with both of his hands thrust straight up the front of a woman's shirt as he busily fondled her breasts whilst lying on top of her and eating her face off. They were clearly getting hot and heavy and were getting a lot of toots from passing cars as they went about their business. I thought that it was hilarious, but I didn't have any kids or my nanna with me, so it really didn't worry me; it certainly wasn't bothering them that everyone could see their passion for each other that's for sure. And maybe that kind of thing is okay in Italy, how would I know? But I have never seen anything quite so intense in Australia before.
We have all been around couples that are fresh in love (or lust) with each other and cannot keep their hands off each other for a minute, I did it myself when I was younger. A bit of touchy-feely is not really that big of a deal for me, it's okay depending on the time and the place. I think that as long as the couple are considerate of the comfort levels of other people in their space, then things usually don't stray too far out of left field. Some people say that if you wouldn't do it in front of your grandmother than it is not okay to do in public, which probably does have some grain of truth to it. Odds are there will be an oldie around when you are in full on pash mode, so unless you're at a dimly lit nightclub at 4am you should probably put a lid on that shit until you are no longer in the public eye.
Release Date: 2013
Rating: R 18+
Running Time: 90 mins
John Turturro playing a gigolo? Believe it or not, this Woody Allen movie has a certain chemistry that I found utterly irresistible, in fact I even saw Turturro in a whole new light after this viewing.
Murray (Allen) manages to convince his friend Fioravante (Turturro) to try out male prostitution in an attempt to make some money. Reluctant Fioravante ends up having a flair for pleasing the ladies, and soon finds his new business venture is booming, that is until he falls for a shy Jewish widow and he becomes torn between his job and a chance at real love.
I am sure that Turturro couldn't believe his good fortune when he landed this role; getting to roll around with a naked Sharon Stone, Sofia Vergara and Vanessa Paradis does seem like most men's dream come true. But aside of the obvious smut that comes with a movie about gigolos, there is something altogether charming and lovely about this film. I found it a worthwhile love story that is hiding a tender message under it's grimy exterior.
FINAL SAY: You bring magic to the lonely?
3 Chilli Peppers