He says/She Says

By Reese, Joel; Vitello, Barbara | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), April 18, 2002 | Go to article overview

He says/She Says


Reese, Joel, Vitello, Barbara, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Byline: Joel Reese & Barbara Vitello

Should public displays of affection be a bit more private?

HE SAYS: If I wanted to ogle public romance, I'd head to a seedy video store.

Hold the hugs, please:

Spring is finally in the air, and that means baseball, open sunroofs, and - sadly - public displays of affection.

It's inevitable: The temperature gets warmer, and couples suddenly decide all the world is their stage for brazen make-out sessions.

Mind you, I'm not talking the harmless hand-in-hand stuff here. I'm talking about the breathy, open-mouth, smoochy-woochy displays of passion - the kind of thing Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton seem to adore so dearly.

Just call me the grouch:

I say keep it behind closed doors - but I know I'm in the minority here.

A recent Harlequin survey says 62 percent say they have no objection to such unashamed affection, while only 16 percent think mushy couples should "get a room."

I know you're going to say I'm a cantankerous curmudgeon, Barbara, but I side with that 16 percent.

Look, I'm aware that couples feel affectionate toward each other, and they want to express it.

But there's nothing more awkward than, say, sitting on the train behind a couple playing tongue tag. It's like they're saying, "Hey, look at us. We're in love, and we're going to show everyone."

Well, imagine you just got out of a painful breakup, and you can't help but be confronted by this tender twosome.

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