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03 August 2015 @ 06:41 am
No, you may not ask about his genitals. It depresses me that not doing this, or thinking I have a right to touch people's hair if it interests me, or asking someone in a mobility scooter if I can take it out for a spin, puts me in a fairly high percentile of humanity.
Marissa Lingenmrissa on August 3rd, 2015 11:25 am (UTC)
Geez, in most families this comes wayyyyy before the "don't talk about religion or politics at a dinner party with people you don't know very well" level of etiquette. My friends' kiddo recently turned 3 and already knows not to ask about other people's bits.

She also doesn't quiz people, "[name]? Is that your REAL name? No, but is it the name your PARENTS gave you?" So I guess she too is ahead of the game.
El Coyote Gordo: coy3supergee on August 3rd, 2015 11:29 am (UTC)
nellorat asked if people who did things like that were raised by wolves, and a friend posted a defense of wolf parenting.
Marissa Lingenmrissa on August 3rd, 2015 11:35 am (UTC)
We often defend wolf parenting in this house! Wolves teach the wee pups things like polite butt sniffing and when to play-bow. Many of our friends and most of the people we encounter on the internet would have been far better off raised by wolves.

Edited at 2015-08-03 11:37 am (UTC)
Avram Grumer: Post-It Portraitagrumer on August 3rd, 2015 08:38 pm (UTC)
The two versions of this I’ve heard most often are “raised by wolves” and “raised by bears.” I just recalled that in Kipling’s The Jungle Book, the wolves have their cubs educated by a bear, so Mowgli was raised by both.