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Nov 21, 2017

Yale Diary: sexual harassment presents a defining political moment for America

The recent swell of predatory men facing justice has been called a reckoning. Are we seeing the end of the patriarchy? Don't hold your breath, writes Yale fellow and freelance writer Emma Shortis.

The Democrats got some very good news this month. In electoral races held across Virginia, New Jersey and New York City, Democrats came out on top. New York and New Jersey weren’t a surprise, but in Virginia, where the Republican candidate Ed Gillespie went the full Trump, the triumph of Democrat Ralph Northam is being widely hailed as the first real sign that Democrats could pull of a major upset in the 2018 midterms.

In the blindingly fast news cycle that is American politics today, though, good news doesn’t hang around for long. In the last few days, the dominant story has focused on allegations – backed up by damning photographic evidence – that prominent Democratic Senator Al Franken groped and kissed a woman without her consent.

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