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The Harvey Weinstein shake-up unleashed a tsunami of revelations about the inappropriate behaviors of powerful men. Unfortunately, the press and some politicians are conflating or equating mall trolling for minors, flashing, intimidation, blackmail, harassment, bun patting and hugging. Some of these behaviors are clearly illegal, some creepy, and others could be seen simply as flirting or expressions of warmth. While I don’t want decisions about our country being made by congressmen with a history of illegal inappropriate behaviors, I really have no issue with bun patting, hugging congressmen as long as they stop their approaches if asked.

Clare Kearns


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