This Controversial Meme About Kids And Consent Is Dividing Parents And You Have To See It

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When I was little, I would always feel somehow uncomfortable hugging or kissing family friends or relatives. Though there was nothing inherently bad about it, but, for a shy kid like me, it was a frustrating experience. While I grew up to be an extrovert and these social situations didn’t affect me in a negative way (at least I believe so), the viral meme below points out that encouraging kids to offer unwanted physical affection may be very harmful. [Continue reading below…]

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“I am 5,” reads the meme’s message. “My body is my body. Don’t force me to kiss or hug.” The controversial meme was supplemented with bits of a CNN article titled “I don’t own my child’s body,” that was written by Katia Hetter. Hetter argues that by pushing their children to be touchy with people they don’t want to, parents are sending a wrong message to them. She explains that kids, who were forced to show affection towards others, may grow up thinking that their bodies don’t belong to them, which could lead to sexual abuse. The meme has since been shared more than 170k times and has over 91k likes. While many people agree with Hetter, quite a few are arguing against her views and claim that this is “over analyzing.” What’s your opinion?

This meme has recently caused a big controversy over children and consent

The meme was based on Katia Hetter’s CNN article titled “I don’t own my child’s body.”

Hetter argues that by encouraging kids to offer unwanted physical affection, we are sending a wrong message to them

She says that kids may grow up thinking that their bodies don’t belong to them, which could lead to sexual abuse later in life

And points out that refusing to hug someone does not mean allowing to be rude

The viral meme has sparked a controversy. A number of people strongly disagree with its message

While others support it 100%

Some shared their solutions to the problem, too

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