There was a time in American history when sexual indiscretions and outright acts that bordered on criminal against women were spoken of softly, whispered or gently expressed — sotto voce. And were ignored by the press.

That’s not the case today. There are headlines about politicians and government officials, sports figures, people in the entertainment industry — in all walks of public life — who have misbehaved in their actions against women. In some cases that have come to light, it has been outright sexual assaults. There are other cases where poor judgment was used toward women.

As the accusation wheel turns, next probably will be men coming forth to say they were victims of sexual assaults and actions by women!

There was a time when sexual moves, words and attitudes about such, were more forgiving. Not today! 

There have been heavyweights in various fields who have been forced to resign high positions because of their behavior.

Gaining much publicity now is a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in Alabama, former Judge Roy Moore, who has denied the sexual accusations brought against him about his behavior with young girls and women while serving in public office. His wife has defended him. If Moore is elected in a special election in December, the Senate Ethics Committee probably will investigate him. One Republican senator says if Moore should be elected the Senate should oust him.

Just this past week, Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota, a Democrat, came under the sexual misbehavior cloud when a former Playboy Playmate accused him of groping her while the two were on a USO tour in 2006. And of all people to come to his defense is Hillary Clinton, also a Democrat (if you didn’t already know). Franken apologized and that makes him OK in Hillary’s view. In a radio interview, Hillary pointed to President Donald Trump and Roy Moore, who have not apologized, and said they should be viewed as real predators.

Well, what about Bill Clinton and his many sexual adventures, including the Monica Lewinsky affair, which almost got him impeached while president? In the radio interview, Hillary was asked about husband Bill and his sexual behavior, and a comment by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Democrat fromNew York, who said Clinton should have resigned over the Lewinsky scandal. Hillary’s response was: “I don’t know that we can rewrite and revise history.” And, “Every situation has to be judged on its own merit.”

Sen. Gillibrand is (or was) a friend of the Clintons.

What’s going on is going to result in fewer cases of flirtations!

A lady was heard to say there’s nothing wrong with a hug between sexes if it’s for the right reason. We may witness fewer hugs, but they will not be lost forever.