Liberal New York Times columnist Charles Blow advised men that it is "wrong" to rub their penises against people when in a professional workplace.
On Sunday night, Blow wrote that men should reconsider the dynamic between them and women in light of a series of high-profile sexual assault accusations.
"We have to focus on recognizing an imbalance of power during sexual dynamics so that men better understand the implicit 'no' even when women don’t feel empowered to articulate a 'no,'" wrote Blow, who came out as bisexual in 2014. "We have to focus on that space after attraction is sparked but before we are sure that it is mutual and reciprocal: the unrequited advance, the unwanted touch, the stolen kiss."
In recent weeks, women have accused movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and comedian and actor Louis C.K. of sexual misconduct, including masturbating in front of women.
"Also in business environments, rubbing your penis against people — known as Frotteurism, in case you’re wondering — masturbating in front of them, or even showing your penis is wrong and humiliating and possibly illegal," Blow wrote in his column. "In fact, doing these things in almost all environments is wrong and possibly illegal."
Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., was also accused last week of sexual assault. A 2006 photo showed him with his hands on the breasts of radio news anchor Leeann Tweeden as she was asleep. Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore in Alabama is facing several claims that in years past he pursued sexual relationships with teenage girls.