Daniel P. Reynolds, Seth Richards Professor in Modern Languages, penned a commentary for Fortune exploring the current sexual harassment allegations toward politicians on both sides of the aisle.

In a democracy, our representatives are a reflection of who we are collectively, not an aberration. The problem does not end with toppling a few figureheads, whose fall from grace will only become our alibi to express feigned shock that this has been going on forever.

The problem with sexual harassment is that the many lines it crosses are only as real as our willingness to see them and uphold them in our midst—and at the ballot box.

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