Well, there’s a bit of an about-face from “who are we to judge what’s abuse and what isn’t”…
I was talking about this sort of thing to a bunch of the guys at work (similar reports about politicians here in the UK this week). They’re mostly thinking: WTF is this all about? The media are attempting to generate some moral outrage over nothing and (mostly) failing, which is quite unusual.
There are stories about (for example) someone touching somebody’s knee and getting a verbal slap-down. He resigned over it, FFS, even though the woman involved says she’s thought no more of it. The Dustin Hoffmann comment, while totally creepy, is the kind of thing guys say all the time when the brain filter is off. And so do women. It’s totally normal male-female banter that either gets someone offended - in which case someone has to say oops, sorry - or it, erm, greases the wheels of social intercourse. It’s a fine line. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t, like most things in life. There used to be a phrase - which has sadly dropped out of use - “sometimes you just have to suck it and see”.
These people complaining about PTSD need to talk to a few military veterans or rape victims, IMHO.