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How Should We View Joe Biden’s #MeToo Moment?

His touchy nature is not malicious per se

He has gotten away with this for too long

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While Joe Biden needs to face the backlash from women he allegedly interacted with in overly touchy ways, this most probably didn’t come from a sexual place, suggest Elise Viebeck et all of The Washington Post. His overly physical way has been pointed out before but is likely a remnant of a past era where such physical intimacy was more acceptable. Biden’s closeness to Stephanie Carter (pictured above) during her husband’s swearing-in as Defense Secretary was criticized in the media, while she herself saw nothing wrong with his behavior. Biden’s transgressions, while real, were not of the sexual nature of other #MeToo offenders.

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Joe Biden has a long history of touching women in inappropriate ways and needs to come to terms with the fact that he stepped over the line, infers Lauren McGann of Vox. Lucy Flores, who recently detailed how he kissed the back of her head, is the latest and perhaps most discomforting example. For too long the media has swept Biden’s creepy behavior under the carpet. “Joe being Joe” and similar phrases were used to dismiss his actions. The fact that he was US vice president gave him huge power over certain women, which made them afraid to speak out fully. Biden needs to understand that what he did was wrong.

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