Earlier this week, the news about a school in South Australia banning hugging between students of different sexes made headlines here. Yes, hugging. Between boys and girls aged 11 and 12. Because apparently, it sets a bad example for the younger children in the primary school.
Does that mean not touching is a good example?
Does that mean young kids are supposed to view hugging as ‘bad’? (Mind you, these same young children are probably exposed to a whole lot more on the telly)
What is wrong with hugging any way? It’s not something that takes place only between couples and therefore, the school should actually be doing it’s best to normalise it. Because that’s what it is. A normal sign of affection for someone you care about. Friend. Family. Partner. Or are they saying that boys and girls cannot be friends? (Getting bad flashbacks to my Year 6 teacher who believed boys and girls should not be friends…)
Instead of wasting time enforcing rules such as this, they need to educate students at an earlier age about sex. Yes, there are a number of 11 and 12 year olds out there engaging in sexual activities. Wouldn’t any parent prefer their child hugging a member of the opposite sex than engaging in other sexualised behaviours in the privacy of toilets?? Seriously.
Society is seriously fucked up. Children are getting mixed messages. On the one hand, television portrays sex everyday (even during prime time telly) and on the other hand, you have schools banning something as innocent as hugging. So are they going to learn it’s okay to be nude and the only way you are going to be liked is if you engage in sexual behaviours whereas hugging is not okay?
I don’t know.
Until next time,