As the revelations of sexual harassment, abusers and general shitbags rolls on, so to does the inevitable pushback to the #metoo movement. And while there have always been people who insist that we’re creating a culture where any sort of flirting might be mistaken for harassment and an innocent gesture might end a well-meaning man’s career, the voices insisting that we have started to overcorrect have become increasingly strident. People as diverse as British MPs and Hollywood actors have all begun to speak up about how we may be going too far, while Fox News worries that sexual harassment claims may spoil the office Christmas party.
But while it’s easy to laugh at the men who clutch their ties and worry that an errant “good morning” might kill their career or that sexual harassment awareness might kill people’s ability to flirt and socialize… is there reason to be concerned? Is there a real chance that innocent flirting might be mistaken for harassment?
SPOILER ALERT: no. No there isn’t.
So let’s talk a little about how one can flirt in a post Weinstein world.