Speaking to parents she advised them to stop persuading their young children to kiss a granny or an elderly aunt or a grandfather as it could blur the boundaries of what is acceptable in the whole area of physical contact.
I just found this to be so sad. When you begin to relate a young child kissing his or her grandmother or grandfather to the blurring of boundaries and the possibility of unwanted sexual advances, something sounds very wrong.
Already many men, and I speak as one, find themselves in a world of anxiety and uncertainty when it comes to expressing affection towards children, even their own, for fear of how that will be interpreted. Advice like Lucy Emmerson’s certainly does nothing to make it easier.
Of course we have to protect our children and take all sorts of precautions, but something tells me this is taking it to the point of absurdity. I hope Lucy Emmerson does a lot more thinking around this.