The story on Babe.net throws a wrench in the #MeToo movement. Some feminist writers dismiss the incident as a bad date that should have remained private. Others welcome the piece for spurring a debate over deeper cultural attitudes that normalize aggressive
Media ethics experts say it's not easy to determine what constitutes a legitimate story of sexual misconduct in the midst of a social movement that has emboldened people to speak out on subjects once considered taboo.
The story's reporter and editors at Babe.net have publicly defended their news judgment.