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.
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 and I were chatting and joking around while he noodled…
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