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Verity Johnson: Come on guys, you’ll feel better for the occasional cuddle

Verity Johnson: Come on guys, you’ll feel better for the occasional cuddle

Review: Today Verity Johson wrote an opinion piece in the Dominion about the importance of guys having the occassional cuddle. She writes: “But Kiwi dudes live in a world where their sexuality is so rigidly policed that anything from a hug, to ordering a brightly coloured cocktail, to wearing anything more flamboyant than a bin bag means they’re at risk of looking effeminate or “a bit gay, mate”. How exhausting.

More importantly, how lonely.”

She continues: “This is where men’s touch starvation is so harmful. You can’t help but think if it was a little more acceptable for them to touch and be touched, we wouldn’t have such a crippling problem with our staggeringly high male loneliness, depression and suicide rates.

But instead, we have a world where male suicide rates are 2½ times higher than those of females, and men wait for cuddles in strip clubs.”

Feature photo: “You don’t have to go far to see how men could feel starved of platonic, non-sexual touch,” writes Verity Johnson. 123RF.