Why the touch-deprived can’t wait for Portland’s ‘cuddle shop’
Touch deprivation is on the rise and can lead to aggression, depression and bad health. No wonder there’s a market for hugs
Of course, it's easy to lampoon this, but there's a definite need, and the market is filling that, and yay Capitalism! Or something. But there's a definite need, and so why not?
I only ever get hugs from the kiddies. That's it. Even Sis, who recognizes that no-one ever touches me and prompts the kiddies to hug me, she doesn't even hug me herself.
And in our grown-up world, touching doesn't happen beyond handshakes. A Continental peck on the cheek isn't something that's accepted here.
So yeah. One in seven Canadian households are single-person households. 14% of households. There's a lot of us out there, and there are only going to be more.
I wonder how this correlates to prostitution. Mind you, I have no experience to draw on whatsoever, but reading Paying For It or I Was For Sale, the socializing aspect of the client-provider relationship is very large, larger than the sex act itself. I wonder if the sexual need is in part just the need to be touched. I'm sure a part of it is.
And to go back again, if people can get that need fulfilled without stigmatized prostitution, then why are we mocking this hugging place?
In summary, body needs are stupid but must be accommodated.