Natural and healthy curiosity

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 10 July, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 10 July, 1993, 12:00am

A LETTER by Priscilla Yip (South China Morning Post, July 6) objecting to public displays of affection by teenagers stated the obvious when she said that teenagers kissing and cuddling in public show that they are merely curious about the opposite sex.

This just begs the question ''are there any teenagers in this world who are not?'' And what is wrong with teenagers being curious about the opposite sex? Their curiosity is a natural and healthy part of human behaviour.

One would think that judging by Ms Yip's objections that she has some kind of objection to the showing of affection.

Would she prefer a society where everyone is so repressed that people refrain from showing affection and hide their true feelings? Do we want to live life in the Victorian era? Or maybe in certain societies, such as Muslim countries, where any and all displays of affection are banned? I think not.

People have a right to express themselves in their own way. Just because Ms Yip holds a different attitude towards public displays of affection I do not believe that she should apply her own conservative values to the rest of society. After all, this is a free world.

KEN IP Tuen Mun