As we enter the holiday season, the Girl Scouts organization issued out a warning against hugging family members. The controversial warning, of course, sparked outrage and left people divided on whether or not this was an appropriate statement.
The Girl Scouts posted an article on their website titled, “She doesn’t owe anyone a hug. Not even at the Holidays.”
The article begins, “Holidays and family get-togethers are a time for yummy food, sweet traditions, funny stories, and lots and lots of love. But they could, without you even realizing it, also be a time when your daughter gets the wrong idea about consent and physical affection.
“Have you ever insisted, “Uncle just got here—go give him a big hug!” or “Auntie gave you that nice toy, go give her a kiss,” when you were worried your child might not offer affection on her own? If yes, you might want to reconsider the urge to do that in the future.
“Think of it this way, telling your child that she owes someone a hug either just because she hasn’t seen this person in a while or because they gave her a gift can set the stage for her questioning whether she “owes” another person any type of physical affection when they’ve bought her dinner or done something else seemingly nice for her later in life.”
In other words, “forcing” your child to hug family members could potentially lead to confusion about consent in a girl’s later years, according to their research. The organization reportedly released this information in wake of the multiple sexual harassment scandals.
Although some are supportive of the Girl Scout’s message, others are outraged.
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