Here is the latest meme to take hold,
As consent and bodily autonomy become a bigger conversation, there are those speaking out about how we need to give children agency over their own bodies — even if it means turning down hugs from grandma and grandpa.
Really? There is a reason that children have parents making decisions for them. Children just don’t have the agency to make good decisions an many matters; especially when it comes to their development. Parents need to tell, guide and nudge children in good directions. One key direction is that of the sense that they are wanted, loved and come from a linage of ancestors. Hugging grandparents is a method of making this happen.
A Mighty Girl shared a meme from Safe Kids, Thriving Families about not forcing kids to hug or kiss family and friends. Telling a child they must obey another person’s demand for physical affection sends a damaging message about consent and ownership of their bodies.
We are getting closer to the agenda here it would seem. It is all about priming girls to leverage their bodies to the maximum when they are sexually mature. The more “control” they exercise, the more they can easily reject unwanted suitors and go for the sexy guy that they (and all of the other women) want. The words consent and ownership give the game away.
So if children have the right to decline to hug grandparents, what else might they have the right to do? How about candy for every meal? No school ever? Probably things would devolve into The Lord of the Flies rather quickly. So what makes this non-hugging right more important than the candy-all-the-time right? To ask the question is to answer it.
Also notice that there isn’t any mention of boys having a right to not hug their grandparents. This is good. Doing so with their grandparents will make them more well-adjusted than the girls who don’t.