My girlfriend and I go out on dates. I want to kiss her. Do I need to ask for her permission?

Yes, you definitely must ask her how she feels about it. Each person has a ‘personal space’ that should be respected. Also every person has different comfort levels with the expressions of closeness and familiarity, which may include hugging, kissing or just being close. It is nice to know that you are being very understanding and sensitive about it and do not want to impose such intimacy, if she is not ready for it. You should take care that your partner does not feel insulted while you ask for permission. Focus on knowing each other well and in due course you shall find the right moment when both of you are ready and willing for a more intimate relationship. 

Also sexual and reproductive rights of each individual should be respected. To learn more about sexual and reproductive health and rights of young people click here.

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