Planned Parenthood has some advice about ‘how to deal with difficult people’ at Thanksgiving

Planned Parenthood has some advice about ‘how to deal with difficult people’ at Thanksgiving
Planned Parenthood has some advice on "how to deal with difficult people" during Thanksgiving. (John Moore/Getty Images)

Planned Parenthood has some advice for its supporters about “how to deal with difficult people” during Thanksgiving.

What did they say?

In a Tuesday blog post, the organization wrote that “Visiting family for Thanksgiving can be challenging.”

“Your dinner companions may say hurtful, offensive things about race, gender identity, sexual harassment and assault, birth control coverage, abortion, or any number of topics — which can feel stressful, isolating, or enraging,” the post continued.

Planned Parenthood also offered “some tips on how to deal with your family when things get hard.”

Tips include practicing “self care” by making Thanksgiving plans that make you “feel safe, whether that means not going home at all, going home with a friend or partner by your side, or only visiting for dinner.”

They also suggested “build allyship” with like-minded family members in order to call people out “on their problematic behavior.”

The post encouraged supporters to “engage people in conversation” if “you feel safe doing so,” but told them to “take a stand.”

“It’s totally OK to tell someone that their language or behavior is hurtful and unacceptable to you,” the post said:

Tell them about the impact it has on you and why, and what the consequences of their actions are to the larger community. Tell them you expect better, and what the consequences are if they don’t change (like cutting off contact with them or leaving). And you’re allowed to end the conversation, leave the room, and set whatever boundaries you need to feel safe.

Last year, the lobbying arm of the nation’s largest abortion provider urged supporters to share “real talk knowledge” about Planned Parenthood with their families during Thanksgiving.

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