Depending on a variety of life experiences leading up to the seemingly innocent game of grab-ass, more aggressive forms of physical affection can cause many women to feel anxious, withdrawn, and eventually resentful of their boundaries being continually tested. This can hurt your relationship, over time. Non-romantic touch can make bus drivers more likely to give out free rides, grocery store shoppers more likely to enjoy free samples, and even strangers more likely to return spare change left behind in a phone booth, research shows.
Romantic touch has its place, too. Women who report being hugged by their partners tend to have lower blood pressure and stress levels. But groping is a different story.
One study sent researchers to observe interactions in over bars and clubs, where they observed 1, incidents of aggression over the course of 1, visits. Of these, 90 percent involved a male aggressor and female target, which were sexual in nature about 25 percent of the time.
Women do not need a history of assault, however, to feel violated when a well-meaning husband affectionately pinches their butts. They just need to have a history of having their boundaries pushed.
These resentments lead to toxicity in the relationship. This builds intimacy, whereas aggressive physical affection without talking about it can damage it — often in a slow, progressive way that couples may not be aware of until it is too late. Please try again.
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