Jan 172011
 
Authors: Anna Baldwin and Eugene Daniels

By Anna Baldwin

Welcome back students! This semester is especially exciting for me because it’s my last few months of school ever. Not to rub it in or anything, but I’m pretty ecstatic for graduation.

Then I remember how I’m taking 19 credits to finish …

Regardless, I hope you got a lot of skiing and friends and family time in during the long weeks of break. And a lot of PDA, as well. You read that correctly.

PDA, or public displays of affection, between a couple is important. This is true for many reasons, but mostly because it would be awkward for everyone involved if there wasn’t that displayed affection between couples while out and about.

Isn’t there any love there? Are they fighting? And if so, should I be acting differently around the two? These are questions one might ask with the absence of PDA.

This might just be my own opinion, but awkward, stiff postures with no touching between two partners seem really weird. I think that if you’re with someone, then you should want to actually be with him or her, and it’s okay to show it a little bit.
Show it in an appropriate amount. I’m not going to lecture about excessive levels of PDA because this is obvious, but some hand holding, shoulder holding or knee holding is just cute. Shared smiles are also great and are a reminder of a close, shared connection.

I am probably one of those people who would reprimand a couple making out in the Plaza, because it’s just uncalled for. This is also inappropriate in class, the gym and … everywhere else in public.

Physical affection is a way to marks ones territory. It’s hard enough to figure out who is already involved with someone, and it’s easy when you can narrow down your prospects by observing who has a partner latched to their hand.

Couples, be proud to show who you’re with. Let’s face it, you’re hot, and executed well, friends won’t mind this behavior either.

By Eugene Daniels

Welcome back to school. Anna and I are pleased to announce that we will continue on with this column, once again.

I hope you all had a wonderful break and are well on your way (or already done) with detoxifying from the holidays and the New Year’s celebrations.

Now that the pleasantries are over, let’s get down to the nitty gritty of it all. We all know that Valentine’s Day is coming up and we all know what that means –– everybody is going to be holding hands and kissing and rubbing and making all of the single people throw up.

Why the hell do people feel the need to do all that BS? Is it to show everyone that they are in love? I think (and yes I know people are going to hate this comment) that people show PDA because they aren’t comfortable in their relationship.

Just think about it, people do all of that PDA at the beginning of their relationship when everything is new and beautiful and when they are trying to show the rest of the world that they are together and in love.

You don’t have to believe me but … I’m right. Nowadays we share so much with the outside world, with the innovation of Facebook.

Your relationship is yours and all that PDA does is show off and brings people into your business.

Personally, I don’t really like holding hands and I never feel the need to tell people whether or not I have a girlfriend because that’s none of their business. Hell, I don’t even change my relationship status on Facebook and for some reason everyone thinks that makes something official.

Look, if you want to give your girlfriend a kiss, do it, but you don’t have to suck her liver out of her body at Old Chicago while I’m trying to enjoy my damn pizza. Good PDA does not make other people feel.

Keep your relationship between the two of you or you’ll both be single and S.O.L. Don’t feel the need to give into what society thinks and hold hands to signify a relationship. Nowadays that is the least of your worries in a relationship.

Anna Baldwin is a senior journalism major, and Eugene Daniels is a junior journalism major. Mars vs. Venus appears Tuesdays in the Collegian. Letters and feedback can be sent to letters@collegian.com.

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