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The GSUSA tweeted out a reminder, which is also posted on their website, telling parents, "She doesn't owe anyone a hug. Not even at the holidays." The "hugs" here are obviously of a non-sexual nature: Doting aunts and grandparents who are inclined to big embraces and cheek pinches at holiday gathering
At a time when issues of sexual harassment and consent are in the news, and with the holidays just around the corner, the Girl Scouts have resurfaced a recommendation about how parents can help young girls handle affection.
"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," the piece reads. It also offers insight from Girl Scouts' developmental psychologist Dr. Andrea Bastiani Archibald, who says letting girls decide when and how to show affection, even to family members, can help with "setting physical boundaries and expecting them to be respected" even as they get older.
Im sure there are millions of old people in old folks homes who sit there all day dribbling, who would probably come alive if only someone would give them a hug, or touch them in a kind manner.
originally posted by: Creep Thumper
I don't have an issue with warning girls about doing anything that makes them uncomfortable.
My grandfather was a creep and a pervert. I was subjected to involuntary kisses until I got old enough to learn to say no.
IT'S OKAY TO SAY NO.