VIA| In one of the most troubling and downright mental ‘news’ stories I’ve ever read, apparently there is outrage in the U.S. after parents were told that kissing their children is “too sexual”. I’m not sure whether this is some sort of sick joke, or whether American doctor Charlotte Reznick has been smoking crack; either way, she is pretty insistent that kissing children on the mouth is wrong.
She warns parents that a “kiss on the lips can be stimulating” — and potentially confusing.
Wow. Just wow. Someone get Reznick a cab home, cause she’s clearly lost the plot. My Mum used to kiss me on the mouth all the time, but it doesn’t mean I want to finger bang her in a nightclub toilet.
Predictably, her ludicrous claims have upset many caring and tactile parents, with one user of website Cafemom scoffing, “’Experts’ also once said bicycles caused lesbianism.”
Thankfully, there is a voice of reason amid the bullshit, and it comes in the form of clinical psychologist Sally-Anne McCormack. Addressing Reznick’s claim, she said: “There’s absolutely no way that kissing a young child on the lips is confusing for them in any way.
“That’s like saying breastfeeding is confusing.
“Some people might have issues with it, but it isn’t any more sexual than giving a baby a back rub.”
Personally I think kids lose more sleep worrying over what toys to play with rather than whether Dad’s peck on the lips “meant something” – leave that sort of relationship mindfuckery to the adults of the world please. Let kids be kids and stop trying to make having a childhood extinct.