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Public displays of affection: how much is too much?
Sydney Morning Herald (AU) ^ | 6/20/06 | Samantha Brett

Posted on 06/20/2006 7:31:28 AM PDT by Millee

Public displays of affection are everywhere, sex in public places is on the rise and more people are joining the Mile High Club... So how far is too far when it comes to public displays?

Quick question: does the sight of couples making out in public make you to feel jittery, uncomfortable, jealous, outraged, or a little turned-on?

Do you find yourself shouting "Oh get a room people!" when a saucy couple decide to turn the afternoon train ride into a lap dance? When a pair in the grocery store won't stop canoodling by the frozen peas section? Or what about when your cousin and their new partner are all over each other at the family barbeque?

Commonly known as PDA (public displays of affection), flaunting your lust in front of a bunch of strangers can wreak havoc amongst those around you. "I can't stand any form of PDA," sneers my single PDA-hating friend Jim. "It makes my skin want to crawl." And a quick dip into the blogosphere proves Jim is not alone.

So why all the malice? "I don't mind being privy to a peck on the cheek, two people holding hands or even a little tongue," he explains. "But I have a problem with the full-on steamy make-out scene with tongues wagging, hands flying and legs everywhere happening right in front of our noses while we eat our dinner. Don't you think it's a tad bit rude? Ew, no thank you."

Agreed. Yet those of us who are just a little more than fed up with icky public displays of affection better join the queue because it seems PDA is here to stay - and it's about to get a whole lot steamier.

Forget a simple snog, a little grope or a few tongues on display. There's a new trend in town and it's about having sex in public places. A recent poll suggests it happening in whopping proportions and it's the Norwegians who are leading the sexual way.

The survey carried out by Cora publishing house, interviewed 6,600 people from 20 different countries, found 66 per cent of Norwegians had been in such a situation.

But wait! Before you all go racing off to Norway, you'll be pleased to know Aussies aren't so prudish themselves with 64 per cent saying they've run the risk too. (Only 13 per cent of the French had done the same.)

Top favourite sexual haunts include the usual suspects; cars, trains, beaches, parks, offices and even libraries for getting jiggy with it in public. (Who would have thought?)

Yet we can't talk about sex in public places without the mention of the Mile High Club (or MHC as it's known to members). Never heard of it? Well apparently it's the term used to describe the act done in an airplane with the official website defining it as "two people engaging in sexual activity (sexual intercourse) at an altitude of no less than 5,280 ft (a mile high above the earth) in an airplane."

Now before you scoff at the thought, it's become so widely popular that apparently Virgin Atlantic are allowing passengers to join it's Mile-High Club on the new super jumbo planes which come complete with private cabins featuring a sofa, washing facilities, and a double bed. Mmm...

So what's the big appeal with going public? Is it lust, urgency, bigger spaces or the ability to brag to your mates? Well according to Australian sex therapist and author Dr. Janet Hall, public sex is naughty and risky because "we might get caught, so it gives us additional adrenalin rush to add to the sexual turn-on". But don't say we didn't warn you about getting caught mid act... or is that the whole point anyway?


TOPICS: Society
KEYWORDS: pda

1 posted on 06/20/2006 7:31:28 AM PDT by Millee
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To: Dashing Dasher; Jersey Republican Biker Chick; najida; teenyelliott; Maximus of Texas; EX52D; ...
ping!
2 posted on 06/20/2006 7:33:02 AM PDT by Millee (Tancredo 08!)
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To: teenyelliott

good morning stranger


3 posted on 06/20/2006 7:35:59 AM PDT by al baby (Dick Trickle is not a medical condition)
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To: Millee
you find yourself shouting "get a room!"

I have seen this phrase many, many times somewhere.....
4 posted on 06/20/2006 7:36:21 AM PDT by day10 (Whenever you come near the human race, there's layers and layers of nonsense.)
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To: Millee

How much of a display of affection is too much?
Hmm.. a good indication would be the sound of tearing cloth.


5 posted on 06/20/2006 7:37:50 AM PDT by Darksheare (This is a test of the emergency tagline system. Had there been an emergency, you would have heard...)
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To: Millee
...public sex is naughty and risky because "we might get caught, so it gives us additional adrenalin rush to add to the sexual turn-on".
A nut.

"Getting a room" is muchmuch more fun.

6 posted on 06/20/2006 7:41:48 AM PDT by AnnaZ (Victory at all costs-in spite of all terror-however long and hard the road may be-for survival)
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To: Millee
back at 'cha!


7 posted on 06/20/2006 7:42:38 AM PDT by wallcrawlr (http://www.bionicear.com/)
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To: day10
"I have seen this phrase many, many times somewhere....."

And I have used it many times.

8 posted on 06/20/2006 7:43:02 AM PDT by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: Millee

I went to an orgy once and thought, "Geez, get a room." Then I realized we were in a room.


9 posted on 06/20/2006 7:46:26 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Millee
Who decided what "the official website" of the MHC is. Are there, like, international governing boards that determine that sort of thing?

Oh, and that line" "Or what about when your cousin and their new partner. . . " Their new partner? Aargh!

10 posted on 06/20/2006 8:10:25 AM PDT by Mike Bates (Irish Alzheimer's victim: I only remember the grudges.)
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To: Millee; tuffydoodle

Are we talking breast feeding here?


11 posted on 06/20/2006 8:13:25 AM PDT by Maximus of Texas (On my signal, pull my finger.)
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To: day10

I have no idea what you are talking about!


12 posted on 06/20/2006 8:21:55 AM PDT by Hoodlum91 (I've been rocked.)
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To: Millee
Virgin Atlantic are allowing passengers to join it's Mile-High Club on the new super jumbo planes which come complete with private cabins featuring a sofa, washing facilities, and a double bed.

I visited Russia back in the 70's. Their commercial passenger planes were from WWII updated with a few seats bolted to the floor and a strip of too long red carpet wadded up down the aisles. Apparently, Russian pilots weren't too sure about braking abilities around the terminals because passengers had to lug their bags a quarter mile down the runway to the plane and board using the cargo bay ramp. Once you found a seat with a working back and more than one bolt holding it to the floor, you'd get out your newspaper, not to read but to origami into a barf bag and wait with giddy impatience for the attendant to come by with your 2 oz of mineral water, a single lemon drop and to remind us to tie whatever remnants of seat-belts as best we can. A good half hour later, on the horizon you spy a dot. Eventually, the dot becomes the fuel truck with a little old lady who greatly resembles your grandmother. Granny pulls up, gingerly hobbles out and as you watch white knuckled for her safety, she manages to climb on top of the wing with the hose and begins fueling your plane. You say a short prayer of thanks she didn't fracture her hip but soon your prayers turn to begging that she put in enough fuel to get you to your destination.

Another half hour passes and the engines start to turn over, stop, start, stop, but along about the forth or fifth time the wings start to flap (yes, flap) and the plane shakily begins it's long slow trip further down the runway hitting every crater and small tree growing in the pavement. It's the scenic view! Past all the burned out hulls of past plans that didn't quite make it as your fellow passengers make final adjustments to their newspaper bags and hold the broken seat back in front of them in an upright position. You breath a sigh of relief as the belly of the plane does no more damage to the trees at the end of the runway than a mere trim of the uppermost limbs. Once at cruising altitude (the point where car license plates become unreadable) the pilots confer and decide granny skimped on the fuel, so they cut the engine. You float down, down, down, until you see the whites of the eyes of people running for cover, and the engines are turned on again and the wings madly flap to get us in the air again. On the road ahead, the pilots notice the street light has turned red so they apply the brakes and make a 90 degree turn to the south. Proper road rules are used throughout each flight.

I'd never seen anyone going to the restroom, but on my last flight I simply couldn't hold it any longer so made the treacherous trek through the carpet waves back to the restroom as passengers managed to raise their heads from their barf bags to gave me puzzled stares. Kicking the door a few times to dislodge it and not knowing what horrors I'd find, I was pleasantly surprised to find a huge lounge with two 40's era couches, a few chairs and wall sconces. Body slamming down the facility door, I found a regular porcelain toilet and sink. No nooky for me, and certainly no where near mile high, but I did spend the rest of the flight back there relaxing on the couch.

13 posted on 06/20/2006 8:26:23 AM PDT by mtbopfuyn (I think the border is kind of an artificial barrier - San Antonio councilwoman Patti Radle)
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To: Millee

When I see PDA's, I just whip it out and start snapping






















Pictures!!


14 posted on 06/20/2006 8:41:10 AM PDT by Toby06 (True conservatives vote based on their values, not for parties.)
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To: Millee
Like this?


15 posted on 06/20/2006 8:44:05 AM PDT by new cruelty
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To: Hoodlum91; day10; Millee

What??

Me either...


16 posted on 06/20/2006 8:52:26 AM PDT by RockinRight (She rocks my world, and I rock her world.)
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To: RockinRight; Hoodlum91; Millee

But I KNOW I have heard this somewhere before several times.

I am just mystified.......


17 posted on 06/20/2006 8:54:23 AM PDT by day10 (Whenever you come near the human race, there's layers and layers of nonsense.)
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To: Millee
I'm a member of the Mile Ahead Club. We did it behind Cracker Barrel billboard out on the interstate. -Ron White (I think?)
18 posted on 06/20/2006 8:59:06 AM PDT by Hatteras
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To: Millee

The time has probably come to really exercise that whole free speech thingy.

If you show it to me in public, expect me to critique your form and execution. Loudly.


19 posted on 06/20/2006 8:59:47 AM PDT by Gingersnap
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To: Millee

Okay, I think most people have had or attempted at least, to have sex in a public place. The urgency thingy. However, most probably try to make it as discreet and unnoticable as possible.

I get totally grossed out when I see people totally making out in public.

"Get a room" to be sure.


20 posted on 06/20/2006 8:59:55 AM PDT by conservativebabe
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To: Millee; Allegra; yellowbird
Re: ... ...more people are joining the Mile High Club...

Okay! Okay... Here are your wings...


21 posted on 06/20/2006 9:02:58 AM PDT by Bender2 (Gad! The inmates have control... And I'm trying to quit smoking!)
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To: Bender2

Wow! Those were easier to earn then I thought!


22 posted on 06/20/2006 9:05:09 AM PDT by Millee (Tancredo 08!)
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To: Larry Lucido

LOL! Sounds like a Steven Wright joke.


23 posted on 06/20/2006 9:05:28 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: Gingersnap

LOL!

And bring your number cards.


24 posted on 06/20/2006 9:07:50 AM PDT by conservativebabe
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To: conservativebabe
You know missy, your name states that you're "conservative" but I really have to wonder.

There is NEVER urgency to sex. It should be scheduled & planned around a woman's cycle for procreation.

25 posted on 06/20/2006 9:08:21 AM PDT by Millee (Tancredo 08!)
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To: Millee

Ooops, I forgot.

I must go say my Hail Mary's.


26 posted on 06/20/2006 9:11:46 AM PDT by conservativebabe
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To: Millee; Allegra; yellowbird
Re:... Wow! Those were easier to earn then I thought!

Come on? You mean you were not kidding...

Then... You really were that drunk?

I tell ya, Millee... That 'Oh, I must have passed out!' line is getting real old!

You are one to talk, Claven!

27 posted on 06/20/2006 9:13:20 AM PDT by Bender2 (Gad! The inmates have control... And I'm trying to quit smoking!)
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To: Mike Bates; Millee
"Who decided what "the official website" of the MHC is....

Welllll....since you asked ...

(Go, ummm, 'Fly'High)

~GCR~

28 posted on 06/20/2006 9:36:22 AM PDT by GoldCountryRedneck ("I think, I think, therefor, I think, I am, I think." - Ephemeral Isle Blog)
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To: Bender2
I tell ya, Millee... That 'Oh, I must have passed out!' line is getting real old!

It's only old when it stops working. ;o)

29 posted on 06/20/2006 9:38:02 AM PDT by Millee (Tancredo 08!)
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To: conservativebabe
The urgency thingy. However, most probably try to make it as discreet and unnoticable as possible.
I was going to comment on the "urgency" thing, too. I pretty much agree with all of your post.
30 posted on 06/20/2006 12:29:10 PM PDT by AnnaZ (Victory at all costs-in spite of all terror-however long and hard the road may be-for survival)
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To: AnnaZ

Thanks. :)


31 posted on 06/20/2006 3:12:10 PM PDT by conservativebabe
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To: Millee

C'mere and gimme a kiss!


32 posted on 06/20/2006 5:11:31 PM PDT by JRios1968 (There's 3 kinds of people in this world...those who know math and those who don't.)
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To: Millee

'Kay, now I'm worried about you! Somebody grabber and ripper clothes off, pronto!


33 posted on 06/22/2006 2:43:02 AM PDT by Froufrou
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To: mtbopfuyn

Thanks for a very entertaining story :)


34 posted on 08/08/2006 9:59:54 AM PDT by ECM (Government is a make-work program for lawyers.)
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