Looking for a specific "safe touch" sociological illustration
July 28, 2011 4:05 PM   Subscribe

Help me find a drawing of a male and a female body, that highlights the parts that are considered safe for non-intimates to touch. I stumbled across it years ago online, but am struggling now to find it again.

A couple of years ago, I came across an illustration on the internet that I'd like to find again. It's a line drawing of a male and a female body, that's intended to show the parts of the body that are considered okay for non-intimates to touch. IIRC, the "safe touching zones" were hatched in pale pink over a simple line drawing. There may have been additional drawings of children. (Like, I seem to remember that it was okay to touch kids on the tops of their heads, but not adults.) I remember you could touch both genders on their hands and upper arms and shoulders. I think the acceptable zone for women was a little more inclusive than for men, but I may have that backwards.

I have a vague impression that it was produced as sociological documentation -- not to warn kids about stranger danger, or teach teenagers how to date, or anything like that. It might have appeared somewhere like Good, or Wikipedia, or a Richard Saul Wurman / Edward Tufte type site. I've been Googling but failing.. "safe touch" brings up lots of images but not what I'm looking for, and I don't remember for sure if the phrase "safe touch" was actually used in the text of the graphic.

I'm thinking about using it as a small visual joke in a presentaton I'm making. So other similar graphic material might help me, but text won't.

If you can help, thank you :-)
posted by Susan PG to Computers & Internet (5 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I seem to recall seeing such a diagram in Desmond Morris' Naked ape, but I don't have the book at hand and it's been years since I last read it.
posted by rjs at 5:29 AM on July 29, 2011

I saw this in Morris's Manwatching, but don't now have a copy.
posted by paduasoy at 5:51 AM on July 29, 2011

I remember this diagram from Eye to Eye: How People Interact.
posted by stuck on an island at 12:09 PM on July 29, 2011

I've been trying to find this online but no luck, though I think a more frequent phrase than "safe touching" in the context is "appropriate touching", if that helps.
posted by paduasoy at 1:56 AM on July 31, 2011

Also "body map" though most of the results seem to be blank body maps rather than ones showing zones it's ok to touch.
posted by paduasoy at 12:20 PM on August 11, 2011

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