Should politicians really be hugging people in the first place? | The Tylt

Should politicians really be hugging people in the first place?

Several women have come forward to share stories about times former vice president Joe Biden's insistence on physical contact has made them uncomfortable. Biden has long been known as a "touchy feely" guy, but women are now coming forward to say his behavior was not wanted or consensual. "Shaking hands and kissing babies" is seen as a necessary skill for politicians, connecting with constituents on a human level. But is it time for there to be more personal space in politics?

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After Lucy Flores published her story about Joe Biden's non-consensual kiss during a 2014 campaign event, Biden and his camp released a statement to the public. Biden claimed he had never touched a women in a way he thought was inappropriate and reaffirmed his commitment to women's rights.

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Some of Biden's colleagues and friends rushed to his defense, saying physical touch was just part of his personality.

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While others said Biden merely came from an antiquated world and had continued with the same behavior.

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Not everyone accepted these explanations. Many people took to Twitter to share their views on the Biden story–and the social norms of hugging in general. Some said being a "hugger" or from a community that values physical contact is not an excuse to enter anyone's personal space.

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The debate quickly became heated as many people rushed to Biden's defense, saying he hugged women and men indiscriminately. Some argued that Biden's behavior towards women has always had a different quality to it than his interactions with men. His treatment of women was roundly criticized as being "paternalistic and patronizing."

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Other public figures began speaking out about how hugging is frequently unwanted and uncomfortable, forced upon them by strangers.

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One Twitter user, however, felt the issue with hugging women went much further back into history. Twitter user @ramzpaul claims shaking hands was reserved for men and used as a way to ensure they were not hiding swords in their hands. Therefore hugging women was acceptable and even proper. 

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He was, obviously, promptly dragged for his comments. 

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Should politicians really be hugging people in the first place?
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#StrangersShakeHands
#PoliticiansLoveHugs