Let’s face it. I find Joe Biden’s behavior toward women creepy. I understand that is not a very elevated observation. For a more careful, thoughtful discussion of the issue, you can take a look at this. But for my part, I just find it cringe-worthy. To convey how it makes me feel, engage with me for a moment in what we philosophers call a thought experiment [physicists too, but because they actually do serious work, they call it a gedankenexperiment.]
Suppose Nancy Pelosi made it a habit of coming up behind young House pages, resting her hands on their shoulders, smelling their hair, and kissing their heads. Suppose she pulled a young aide to her and rubbed noses with him, all the while smiling benevolently. I suggest we would find that icky, or as we say in polite company, inappropriate. We would think there was something not quite right about her, something, dare I say it, post-menopausal. And suppose that when called on this behavior, she said grandly that she had never, never, not for a moment meant anything untoward by it, that she was just ole Nancy being Nancy.
Do you see what I mean?