What kind of cultural expectations surround haptic communication in your communit(ies)? How do you feel about them? How do they compare to your interactions with peers, or with members of the general public? How does your understanding of your body and lived experiences affect how you think about “personal space”?
Marina's story in the article made me think about how in my teens and 20's physical affection dropped off, as if adults aren't still people who need comfort sometimes, and how much of a relief it can be to just have a hug from a friend. A few years ago, I was single for the first time in several years and mourned physical closeness that wasn't about sex. Over time, I've become more likely to ask for a cuddle from people I'm close to, and also to offer them to people I care about besides romantic partners as for me it offers a sense of safety and acceptance.
How about you?