Teens Making Out: Is Public And Excessive Display Of Affection OK In Schools?
- 2010/03/16 15:57:55
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The other day I asked my teen what kinds of stories I should write for Sodahead, and she suggested I "just write about whatever's playing at Hot Topic and girls making out with their boyfriends."
Ok, well here we are. I have absolutely no idea what is playing at Hot Topic, though I will say it is totally cool when they have Pac Man and Ms. Pac Man shirts, which I happen to collect.
But the making out with the boyfriends? I mean, where? At SCHOOL?! Gah!
I am going to make the assumption that most schools in the nation have rules against extreme public displays of affection in their hallways. One school, reported by the New York Times, even went so far as to ban HUGGING, which does seem a bit extreme. The Times reported "schools from Hillsdale, N.J., to Bend, Ore., wary in a litigious era about sexual harassment or improper touching — or citing hallway clogging and late arrivals to class — have banned hugging or imposed a three-second rule."
Some schools are imposing a "three-second hug rule"?! This idea sort of sounds, as the teens say, ridonkulous. I mean, is there an administrator standing there with a stopwatch making sure no one gets into that 4th second, where everything really goes to hell in a hand basket? Ha!
In the Times article, sociologist Amy L. Best of George Mason University reported that "the teenage embrace is more a reflection of the overall evolution of the American greeting, which has become less formal since the 1970s. Without question, the boundaries of touch have changed in American culture. We display bodies more readily, there are fewer rules governing body touch and a lot more permissible access to other people’s bodies.”
What do you think? Should teens be allowed to kiss in the school hallway, or does it just serve to make other kids jealous and/or uncomfortable? What about hugging? Is it appropriate or harmless in a school setting, or does it potentially lead to groping and sleazy behavior?
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