To hug or not to hug? ASU co-director weighs in on hot topic


John Keeney

The Girl Scouts have put out a notice reminding parents and others that girls shouldn’t feel forced to hug or kiss relatives if they don’t want to, even at the holidays.

Forced affection could affect young girls' understanding of consent later in life. If girls want to say no, that should be respected.

In an interview with Steve Goldstein from 91.5 KJZZ, Marcella Gemelli, co-director of Online Graduate Programs in Family and Human Development and Sociology at ASU, weighed in on how to create a safe environment for everyone.