Are men and women equal when it comes to flirting? Is it less harmful for a married man to flirt with a single woman, than it is for a married woman to flirt with a single man? I think that the old stereotype of men being suave and women being sluts, when overtly sexual, taints the simplicity of the harmless flirt. Because when women flirt it is often thought that what she is doing is making an advance, or an invitation for sex. But when men flirt its thought of as complimentary or charming. It’s amazing how some things never change when it comes to the difference between men and women. I’d really like to see gender roles take a huge turn and make it okay for women to be more expressive without being labeled.
I think that even wikipedia.org has a very antiquated look at flirting.
by Stephanie Melanson