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Flirting


Originally posted on Sophie Weeks:

There is simply not enough flirting in modern society.  Understand, by flirting I don’t mean, “casually harassing a strange person with undesired commentary on their physical attractiveness.”  What I mean is a kind of banter and charged, affectionate exchange.  Properly conducted flirtation can put a zing into any ordinary day, making your cheeks flush just a little and your head rise up a bit more proudly. 

The Flirtation

The Flirtation by Eugen de Blaas (1904)
Credit: Wikimedia commons

While flirtation can, in many contexts, carry a sexual connotation (that guy at the bar right before last call isn’t telling jokes just to amuse you), that’s definitely not a requirement.  You can flirt with anyone.  I’ve flirted with straight men, gay women, straight women, and gay men.  Why?  Because flirting is fun.  It gives ordinary conversation a little sparkle and shine.

Let me give you an example.  A few years ago, a friend…

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2 Comments on “Flirting”

  1. lisafender May 7, 2014 at 7:42 pm #

    Flirting can be fun and I was always pretty good at it when I was younger. I haven’t been in to many situations lately that calls for it though. And my husband would probably take it wrong if he saw me flirting lol!

    • drshaywest May 7, 2014 at 7:53 pm #

      LOL I’m so rusty that I fear even attempting it :D

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