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Did Piers Morgan sexually harass Christine O’Donnell: what crosses the line?

by Patt Morrison

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Former U.S. Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell speaks to Virginia Tea Party members during a rally on August 18, 2011 in Arlington, Virginia. Win McNamee/Getty Images

Former Delaware Senate candidate and self-identified Tea Party politician Christine O’Donnell walked out of an interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan this week after a line of questioning she found “embarrassing” and later called “borderline sexual harassment.” She made the accusation on grounds that Morgan was asking her questions he wouldn’t have asked a man. "Imagine if Bill Clinton were there," O'Donnell said in an interview with NBC. "Would he ask him, 'Do you still hang out with Monica Lewinsky? C'mon, we talked about it in the '90s, c'mon, do you still have that fascination with cigars, Bill?'" O’Donnell’s litmus test, often referred to as the Gloria Steinem sexism test (would a man be treated this way?) was also cited in the media this week in connection to photos of Michelle Bachmann eating a corn dog. But did that argument lose clout when the media began posting similar corn dog-eating pictures of Texas governor and presidential hopeful Rick Perry? Does equal treatment mean it’s not harassment? Where do you draw the line?

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