Last week, Donald Trump was widely criticized for kissing a young black girl who was brought on stage at a rally in Green Bay Wisconsin. As the mother of two daughters, 19 and nine, I watched in complete horror. And while Trump was dead wrong for forcing a kiss on that girl, there was something else on my mind.
Sometimes people want to hug other people. There is not necessarily anything wrong with this, but in general there is too much hugging in today’s society, and people should really lower their expectations of when and where they are entitled to hugs. I personally do not love to hug but society makes me.
The physical embrace, in my humble view, comes with one simple rule: when in doubt, don’t.
A school in Western Australia, which instituted a no-hugging policy last year, has now given a 12-year-old student detention for wanton snuggling. The long arm of the law caught conscientious hug-jector Amber Rome flagrantly embracing a pal as the school bell rang—a clear violation of the school’s restrictions on…
There's a "serial hugger" running loose in Missouri — dubbed "Jack the Gripper" or "John Wayne Embracey" by a local paper — who runs around town soliciting hugs from women using every party-goer's favorite trick for awkward run-ins: pretending he's met them before.
Awww. Even though you know this kitty is only doing it for the reward he's been trained to expect, it's still got to be heart-warming to get a little hug from your cat now and then. It's the least they can do, after all the litter box cleaning you do for them.
A charter school in America's insufferable kid and parent-related news mecca of Brooklyn has outlawed hugging in the halls between classes because school officials find the practice "distracting" for the children. Smiling, eye contact, quotes from Will Ferrell movies, and dumb made up handshakes are still allowed. But…
According to a new study, hugs from rat mothers make baby rats less likely to grow up into little rat drug addicts. Go home and hug your rats, everybody!
When I was little I used to have a pair of stuffed monkeys whose arms velcroed around each other. Back then, I thought it meant they loved each other. But maybe they'd just spent an evening together at someone's house and discovered they both kind of liked prog-rock. And were, you know, being polite. When did hugging…
• Two suicide bombers attacked a women's cafeteria and a faculty building at an Islamic university in Pakistan today, killing four people and wounding at least 18, in a bombing linked to the army's offensive against the Taliban. •
It's not easy being a private person in a hugger's world.