What Was Herman Cain’s Mystery Gesture? [Updated]

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Probably the most curious aspect of Politico’s bombshell story on Herman Cain’s alleged sexual harassment of two subordinates at the National Restaurant Association was this sentence describing one his (alleged) transgressions:


There were also descriptions of physical gestures that were not overtly sexual but that made women who experienced or witnessed them uncomfortable and that they regarded as improper in a professional relationship.

That’s sort of a bizarre description. What kind of gesture is not “overtly sexual” but is nonetheless improper and makes you uncomfortable when described? We have a theory — and keep in mind, this is just a theory — that this has something to do with jazz hands being mistaken for “boob-grab hands.” Again, just a theory.

Herman Cain accused by two women of inappropriate behavior [Politico]

That’s sort of a bizarre description. What kind of gesture is not “overtly sexual” but is nonetheless improper and makes you uncomfortable when described? We have a theory — and keep in mind, this is just a theory — that this has something to do with jazz hands being mistaken for “boob-grab hands.” Again, just a theory.

Herman Cain accused by two women of inappropriate behavior [Politico]

Update: It looks like Cain is finally opening up about The Gesture. According to Byron York, Cain talks about The Gesture in an interview with Fox News’s Greta Van Susteren set to air tonight:


Um … okay.

Update II: Here is an artist’s depiction of what we believe The Gesture may have looked like. Warning: You may or may not find this illustration to be sexually offensive:



Photo Illustration: Cain - Win McNamee/Getty Images; Body - iStockphoto