Punishment that does not fit the crime is an antiquated way of doing things. Instead of punishment, let us think of restorative justice for Senator Franken et. al.
DO NOT RESIGN! (changing your mind is a man’s prerogative.)
Instead, do penance for, say a year, and in that year use all of your legislative resources to interview women in all walks of life and devise legislation that deals with the sexual harassment awakening and finds creative ways for other men to “do penance.”
After that you may join the circuit of men who will be touring the country, including chefs, talk show hosts, news reporters, professors and others who will also be doing penance by interviewing women and reading the many books already published about the harm done by seeing and treating women as sex objects.
Let’s not throw out these men who have done wrong but keep them in their powerful positions while they do the work of understanding what harm they have caused and educating others. Charlie Rose, for instance, could devote his air time to interviewing women and getting the world up to speed on feminism. Others can create blogs in which they share what they are learning and how they have made amends and stood up for women. After a certain period a tribunal will be established to assess what they have done and hold them accountable.
PLEASE POST everywhere and forward to legislators and anyone else you can think of!