Friday Dilemma: is it OK for couples to snog in the park?
The Punch office is right opposite Hyde Park in central Sydney. As the weather warms up, so does the action in the park.
Walk through the park in your lunch hour, and you’ll see birds, bees and young couples who appear to be learning plenty about both.
It’s hard to look away. Well it is. Don’t even think of insulting us by pretending you’re the sort of person who doesn’t stare.
On to today’s dilemma, then.
Quite simply, we’re asking whether it’s reasonable behaviour for young people to roll around on top of each other like their partner is a life raft and the grass is an ocean full of sharks.
Back at uni, we remember Christian couples who used to dry hump like desert camels on the lawns near the library.
Quite a few ethnic couples in Hyde Park do likewise, which suggests that they, too, have parents who frown on pre-marital physical contact.
Clearly, some people have no place else to go. Ask any council worker and they’ll tell you they see people going all the way quite often in public parks.
Not that we’ve ever seen that in Hyde Park, but like we say, there are definitely couples doing a fair imitation of the real act.
Gross or perfectly acceptable? Sweet or sickly? And is it OK to watch, or are we basically just a bunch of sad old perverts? You tell us.
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