With the rise of the #MeToo movement, discussions about consent have taken the forefront, and many people have started talking about how important consent is, even in situations where we don’t even notice it or think it’s something harmless.
The reality is that we can often overlook that the issues regarding consent can often stem from childhood, and what happens to girls at a young age can shape their outlook in life when they’re adults.
It’s important to instill the mentality to girls that their body is their own because it’s likely that they will retain that attitude in adulthood.
The Girl Scouts of the USA knows this, and they tweeted a note about this to parents. Check out the reminder they posted:
You’re damn right she doesn’t! Even though hugging family members and friends seems harmless, it could have a lasting impact on a child.
The Girl Scouts wrote in a blog post that they think telling your child that she owes someone a hug either just because she hasn’t seen this person or because they gave her a gift can set the stage for her questioning whether she “owes” someone any type of physical affection, for example when they’ve bought her dinner or done something seemingly nice to her when she grows up.
Parents have been urged by the Girl Scouts to let their daughters be in charge of how and when they want to show affection and hug someone, and give the girls the space to decide what to do.
The blog post read that this advice, of course, doesn’t give the girl a license to be rude, as there are many other ways to show appreciation, thankfulness, and love that doesn’t require any physical contact.
Even though some users were critical of the Girl Scouts USA’s post, most Twitter users welcomed the advice.