Fieldwork Project HS, 5 pgs..

Fieldwork Project HS, 5 pgs.. - James Soyemi Human...

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James Soyemi Human Sexuality Prof. Sullivan The Range of Public Displays of Affection in Our Society Fieldwork Project What is public display of affection? Public display of affection (PDA) is the physical demonstration of affection for another person while in the view of others. It may include holding hands, hugging or kissing in public. There is a wide range of public displays of affection in the United States. Compared to other countries we are more open and accept most forms of public displays of affection. Public displays of affection are a common sight anywhere in the world. Unlike the United States, public displays of affection can lead to many negative consequences in other countries. For example, in Pakistan couples public displaying affection towards each other are arrested, and in South Africa it is against the law for anyone under the age of 16 to take part in any public displays of affection. Another example of the negative consequence is in North Korea, couples publicly showing affection towards each other are booked under criminal prosecution. There are people excluded from expressing public displays of affection in the United States. Many junior and senior high schools prohibit displays of affection, in effort that many schools administrators believe allows students to focus on learning. The rule of prohibiting PDA in schools doesn’t stop students from partaking in it. Although they do it in secrecy, students still practice public displays of affection. The consequences can lead to a house call or detention after school. The United States Armed Forces strongly discourage and look down upon public
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displays of affection, especially while in uniform. This is part of the code of conduct that always the soldier to focus on the task at hand. How much public display of affection is too much? How much is too little? The answer to this question can only be answered by the person giving and receiving the public display of affection. Mistress of politeness Judith Martin, better known as Miss Manners, says being overly affectionate is “childish and it’s silly, and it’s not very considerate of others. People do not respond by thinking, isn’t it wonderful they are in love?’ People are much more likely to laugh or be slightly puzzled.” Also in addition to Martin’s statement, some people might feel uncomfortable and even annoyed due to the lack of public displays of affection in their own
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This note was uploaded on 08/30/2011 for the course SOCIETY 0827 taught by Professor Profsullivan during the Spring '11 term at Temple.

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