All women have the right to feel safe. Unwanted touch of any time can take away from this. Something as simple as a hug can make a woman feel unsafe. You should not hug a woman who doesn’t invite it because you might not realize you are making her feel unsafe.
- Many of us, especially women and girls, are socialized to accept hugs without question ignoring the fact that sometimes hugs are aggression posing as affection.
- unwanted hugging is a “gateway drug” to escalating physical contact.
- The fact that unwanted hugs may or may not be done with ill intent, hiding under a veil of plausible deniability.
“The fact that unwanted hugs may or may not be done with ill intent, hiding under a veil of plausible deniability, and rely on you to “be polite” makes us feel … oddly powerless.”