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Is #MeToo the End of Flirting as We Know it?

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I feel there’s a elementary misunderstanding happening with some males proper now regarding the #metoo motion that goes one thing like, “Gee, if I flirt, or express my sexual or romantic interest towards a women, no matter how innocuously, I might just get hauled off by the PC police, and be pilloried in the court of public opinion for sexual harassment or assault. I guess that means courtship has been effectively criminalized, and we’re headed for a completely desexualized society, certainly at work, and potentially wherever men and women interact.” They usually begin worrying that they’re by no means going to give you the option make a romantic reference to a lady.

That’s the worry.

That’s additionally not what’s actually happening right here.

First of all, none of these complaints that we’ve been listening to of are about flirting – until you assume that pulling out your penis at work is flirting. Or asking for a therapeutic massage as half of a enterprise assembly. Or complimenting the physique of a lady with whom you’re in a purely skilled relationship. (“Nice ass” as an opener is neither skilled, well mannered, applicable, or efficient as a solution to categorical curiosity in a lady.)

Secondly, as others have identified, the behaviors we’re listening to about even have little to do with courtship, romance, and even intercourse. They’re about energy. A person who says or does this stuff is just not doing so as a result of he needs to develop a loving, respectful, intimate relationship with a lady. He’s doing it as a result of it satisfies his personal want for management and energy. He’s doing it as a result of it satisfies his ego. He’s doing it as a result of he can. With little to no understanding or concern about how the lady may really feel.

These are the guys getting referred to as out on dangerous conduct who’ve by no means fearful about, and even considered, the appropriateness of their conduct. Should you’re not one of these guys, then there’s little or no to worry.

For the relaxation of us males, there could also be some discomfort as a result of we all know that there’s a heightened consciousness round this problem. But when we’ve been behaving respectfully up until now, what’s there to fret about? We proceed behaving respectfully, and if our conduct is ever referred to as out, or we sense some discomfort, we apologize and modify.

If we’re able of energy, we simply don’t go there in any respect.

Inside these parameters, I feel we’re a great distance from having a sexless, touchless society. Sure, there could also be much less flirting in the office, however is that such a excessive worth to pay for giving ladies a protected working setting?

So it’s not that it’s out of the blue inherently more durable for males to attach with ladies in the office; relatively, it’s that we’ve got to be extra acutely aware about how we strategy ladies. That takes heightened sensitivity, and empathy, and reflecting on our personal motives, and people issues could also be unfamiliar to some of us, as a result of these will not be often issues we’ve been taught to think about, and so we now have some studying to do.

I don’t need to diminish the very actual problem this shall be to some, perhaps even most, males. And the very actual discomfort some males could also be feeling as they navigate this new terrain.

However I feel we have to be cautious to not blame our discomfort on the reality that ladies at the moment are discovering their voice, and being heard and listened to on the subject of sexual harassment and assault. Ladies are usually not ruining flirting and romance, and to recommend as a lot is a disservice to them, and it runs the danger of shutting down the tales that must be informed.

So let’s handle our personal discomfort with out blaming anybody else. Let’s take duty for our actions and for our evolution.

Perhaps that feels troublesome, and it is going to be, a minimum of for some time, nevertheless it actually simply means we guys should pay a bit extra consideration. And whereas that could be extra work, in the finish, everyone wins, so I might assume it’s a sort of problem, and even discomfort, that we will welcome.

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