Our thanks to Steve for this piece on CNN, the Clinton News Network. The start of the piece:
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 released a recommendation about how parents can help young girls handle affection.
A “Reminder” post on the GSUSA website tells 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 gatherings.
However, the GSUSA’s post says this could set the stage for unexpected emotional consequences.
“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. [J4MB: ‘Seemingly’ nice? What hatchet-faced harpie wrote this stuff? One who is rarely if ever asked out for dinner by men, we can be very sure.]
Wow, isn’t this encouraging girls to become Special Snowflakes, like Laura Bates? They shouldn’t have to even pretend to like (say) their grandparents? Appalling, and cruel towards the people who’ve probably done a lot for them.
The writer of the piece is AN Willingham, who I immediately suspected of being a young woman (likewise when names such as Sam, Eddie etc. are used by journos and others). Her profile is here. I imagine she has to show her ID if she ever wants to buy an alcoholic drink.