In the realm of male-female dynamics, there are instances where men often misinterpret women’s friendly gestures as signs of romantic interest. In this enlightening exploration, we shed light on 18 commonly misconstrued signs that women exhibit, which men frequently misinterpret as flirting. By uncovering these misunderstandings, we aim to bring awareness to the delicate nuances that can lead to confusion and miscommunication between the genders.
Service Industry Friendliness
“Women service sector workers being friendly to them in the course of doing their jobs.”
“80% of my customers are male truck drivers and while I try to be friendly I really do have to be careful about it and sometimes I can’t be as friendly as I am as a person.”
“This happened to me. I was standing on the train staring in front of me zoning out as you do. This guy who was in my line of vision thought I must be staring at him. So he came and stood right in front of me and proceeded to hit on me and boost himself up as to why I should talk to him. I just turned up my music and ignored him.”
“His car wouldn’t start one day. I offered to give him a jump start, but it didn’t work because there was something else wrong with the car. Oh well. that’s the end, right?
He started calling every day, first to thank me for being so nice, then ‘just to talk’. He asked me how old I was. I told him the truth (16) thinking that would set him straight. It didn’t.”
“I remember a post in here [Reddit] by a guy who thought a woman had chosen a particular color sweater to mirror the one he had worn the day before, and surely it was a sign. There is nothing at all too small to lead someone thirsty to assume it’s a sign.”
Applying Lip Balm
“The guy who came here to get validation that this one lady was into him just because she put lip balm on while he was around.”
Because Our Kids or Dogs Get On
“Seriously! I’ve had dads at the park try to get my number because our toddlers were playing together.”
“Having small talk while our dogs play together at the dog park.”
“Just because I’m really passionate about something, doesn’t mean I want to get it on with the person I’m talking with about that thing.”
“Dear God, this. My husband’s friend and I liked a few of the same shows/hobbies. So we’d chat about them when he visited. He told my father-in-law I OBVIOUSLY wanted him. Welp.”
“Just smiling at men. Then on the flip side, when we don’t smile we are told to smile or told/labeled a *insert derogatory slag here* for not smiling.”
“You’re damned if ya do, and you’re damned if ya don’t.”
“I’m very enthusiastic when meeting new people and have had a lot of assumptions that I’m trying to get off with men.”
“With some men, it takes almost nothing. I picture the scene from Alien where the guy touches the embryo in the egg thing, and the next thing is it’s clamped onto his face.”
“[a guy] I like getting to know people of all genders, and it’s hard to break the shell of a lot of women when they’re afraid that any acknowledgment will make you impossible to get rid of.”
“Especially when I’m at work. I shouldn’t have to dress in a potato bag to ward off advances from men who think I’m available, especially when my wedding ring is plain in view.”
“Wearing a dress. I just like dresses. I’m not showing my legs to get your attention.”
“When you do like a guy, you tell him, and it’s not reciprocated, but even if you’ve accepted it, the guy still thinks you are obsessed with them and are in love with them. News flash. We can handle rejection and still be friends with you!”
Compulsory Business Trips
“I was ‘ruining’ his marriage because a project that required business travel was a woman and [his wife] assumed he was cheating with me. I ignored it because I didn’t care about his marriage. He started acting weird after that. Like my lack of a reaction to his wife’s concern meant I was interested somehow?”
“Shyness, being nice. Combined, it’s as if you’re just asking to be hit on apparently.”
“My nervous habit of twiddling my hair has been taken for flirtiness.”
Looking in His General Direction
“I was spacing out. He took it as me being so into him I couldn’t look away and refused to believe me when I said I was spacing while looking in his general direction, and it didn’t mean anything.”
“Eating a Krispy Kreme-filled donut on the metro. He told me he thought me eating the cream so seductively near him was I telling him I wanted him”.
“I like to debate, be sarcastic, always ready with a clap back, and joke around. When someone needed tough love or needed me to defend them, I was always there and ready. I’ve toned it down a lot because too many guys just couldn’t figure out that being sarcastic or engaging them in a debate wasn’t me flirting with them.”
Having Things in Common With Them
“I’m really into Game of Thrones, and this creep at work would constantly use that to try to get us to hang out.
No. Just because you watch the same shows as me does not mean I am interested in you. Go away.”
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