Article in the New York Times For Teenagers, Hellow Means ‘How About A Hug?’
And schools from Hillsdale, N.J., to Bend, Ore., wary in a litigious era about sexual harassment or improper touching — or citing hallway clogging and late arrivals to class — have banned hugging or imposed a three-second rule…Touching and physical contact is very dangerous territory,” said Noreen Hajinlian, the principal of George G. White School, a junior high school in Hillsdale, N.J., who banned hugging two years ago. “It was needless hugging — they are in the hallways before they go to class. It wasn’t a greeting. It was happening all day.”
I’m disheartened that touch, a basic human need IMO, is so taboo in our culture. We aren’t talking romantic hugs here but friend hugs – even straight boys which I find to be a nice movement away from homophobia. How do we define public displays of affection?
I come from a touchy family. I kiss all my relatives on the lips and hug as hello and goodbye. Is this ‘pda’? I’m of the thought that I want people to touch my baby! Touch is basic human connection and when we lose it we are opened up to treating people as things. I love this article about why normally kind people get road rage.
I am thrilled the next generation are hugging! Maybe we can learn from them!