#MeToo and the Danger of Having an Antiseptic U.S.

FILE - Bill Cosby arrives for his sentencing hearing at the Montgomery County Courthouse, Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart in 1964 fessed that he was unable to precisely define obscenity, “but I know it when I see it.”

Similarly, most reasonable people know, more or less, the appropriate boundaries of social interaction. Rape is obviously wrong, and illegal; saying “nice purse” to a woman is fine. In the very wide range between those two extremes, there are a host of words and actions that range from perfectly acceptable to absolutely forbidden – but often those …

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  1. What has been permitted was unacceptable. The overreaction justifies the dictum that the longer you keep the pressure on the worse the explosion. There will be an excessive overreaction but it should surprise no one. We need to rein it in without swinging the pendelum back to tolerance of sexual harassment. By and large this article leans in the right direction.

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