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Al Franken has apologized for some of the incidents, but he has also said that he remembers those events differently or not at all in some cases.
"Perspective" and "intent" is a aspect life that is not well understood by the average person, including myself, but its extremely important in solving social and relationship problems.
There are people we all know to be "Huggers" they greet nearly everyone with a friendly hug. In their mind, they are being sincere and open in physically showing that they are happy to see others; no sexual motivation involve. And there are people who are just the opposite, they hate being touched, or at least they hate being touched by anyone other than close friends\family. For them (often women), any physical contact initiated by others is offensive and they easily will label it "harassment" if the physical contact, such as a hug, is part of a public\work\social environment.
People in general often don't remember specific details of events they perceived to be routine\normal when they experienced it, but two people can perceive the same event drastically different. One person gives a hug and thinks nothing of it, the other (ie woman) feels sick because she does not like the guy and he has very bad BO. She remembers it as a bad experience(s), the guy remembers nothing, and shocked and denies when accused of misconduct. All he remember was they greeted each other in a friendly manner. She describes it as being having his arms wrapped around her and holding her in a embrace for a very very long time. She experiences of a 2-3 second hug which she perceives to have lasted 20-30 seconds, and that is what she remembers, a very long embrace where he seemed to never want to let go.
Whether it be Moore or Franken; did they fall into bad behavior because they had power and thus made it easier to push beyond acceptable limits they otherwise would not have, or were they behaving relatively normally for that time\place, and the women involved had standards that most people would consider outside the norm. Maybe a bit of both. Even if the women have very high standards, they are still entitled define their boundaries of physical contact. If a person does not want to be hugged or even shake hands, that is their right.
The question becomes what is acceptable without having to ask "Is OK if I....". We accept handshakes to be acceptable, and even expected, but people who are germaphobes don't even like that, but likely would not label it harassment.
What is also interesting. In our culture many women like and respect men who take the initiative to pursue them, and it is not perceived as harassment when they like a guy that flirts with them and makes suggestive comments. However, if a women doesn't like the guy, then she may label it as harassment. Most people I think are able to communicate well enough, and control their behavior, that lines are not crossed.