The #MeToo movement has forced society to become more aware and sensitive to sexual ethics in our everyday interactions.
This shift has placed a greater emphasis on understanding the differences between things like consent and coercion.
702's Eusebius McKaiser asked callers to share their thoughts on how an interaction such as flirting has changed in light of the #MeToo movement.
It's become clear that more people are trying to carefully navigate the line between flirting and harassment or sexual predation.
They're having to rethink what is considered appropriate or inappropriate behaviour in various contexts.
Below are some of the comments from listeners.
It's really about teaching boys and girls about consent. It starts from there.— Yolanda, Caller
I find it so difficult to flirt with women because they either think you're a pervert or trying to spend money on them... I'm afraid of dating these days.— Bongani, Caller
Flirting, especially in writing, is no longer safe. Even if it's innocent with this thing of screenshots.— Listener via WhatsApp
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Below are some of the responses to the conversation on Twitter:
@Eusebius if men don’t know if they are flirting or being sexual predators they have a problem . Most women I know are happy that all these movements have happened. It’s only men I hear talking in worried tones about how they can’t flirt anymore🤷🏻♀️— Jenifer (@SteynJenifer) March 22, 2019
It's funny how woman expect men to be super sangomas and predict how a woman feels at a particular time. If you don't say how you feel about a conversation how am I supposed to know? Men "have a problem" because they can't read woman attitude and body language?— Charles (@Charles84254008) March 22, 2019
@Eusebius to be honest I'm really a flirt, some people even say I'm too much of it sometimes but I just can't help but be flirtatious. 🙍♀️ Lucky for me the people I flirt with receive it in a manner that makes them flirt back 😊🤷♀️— Tracey-Anne. (@TraceyRamasike) March 22, 2019
Flirting is as great as its welcome. For men it has become extreme sport because they is a thin line between flirting and being trash. Unwelcome flirting moves easily fall under sexual harassment— Mufudzi (@Mufudzi17) March 22, 2019
Hai we can’t scrap flirting @Eusebius . It’s so much fun. 🙈🙈.i do it for fun, and mostly at traffic lights. But v also realized that it gives people the wrong idea. They think you are REALLY interested but then wena you just having fun. So V minimized it.— Clement Manyathela (@TheRealClementM) March 22, 2019