Should PR face a hugging ban?

Public relations luvvies may be next as Callington Community College bans pupils from hugging, claiming it is distruptive and may lead to “inappropriate” embraces.

No-one would ever describe me as a kissy-kissy PR person.  I prefer to maintain a British sense of personal space and save my hugs for my nearest and dearest.  But, in the light of recent news “outrage” about young people in the UK being out of control, surely a hug can’t hurt.  Or does the headmaster believe a “no touching” rule is the answer to cutting the UK’s high teenage pregnancy rate?

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Heather Yaxley PhD

Dr. Heather Yaxley is passionate about sustainable careers, reflective practice and professional development. I am a rhizomatic educator, practitioner, consultant, academic and scholar. As a qualified academic, I teach the CIPR professional qualifications with PR Academy and have experience teaching at various Universities. I run the Motor Industry Public Affairs Association (MIPAA) and my own strategic consultancy. I was awarded by PhD researching Career Strategies in Public Relations by Bournemouth University in 2017. I'm a published author, with books, chapters and academic papers to my name.

2 thoughts on “Should PR face a hugging ban?”

  1. When you go to Europe, you see young people hugging all the time. I can’t understand this ridiculous constraint. I guess hugging is more a girl thing than a boy thing, but they are in a safe environemnt and this is political correctness gone stark staring mad. What an interesting story to highlight.

  2. My parents live in rural France, where hugging remains an important part of the culture (alongside sharing meals). It is as common with the young guys – who you see hug older relatives whenever they greet them. I wonder how many British pensioners get regular hugs. My mum and dad are treated as honorary grandparents in their village and treated with much respect. We could learn a lot to learn from the traditional family values of the French.

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