A Hole Comments
Flirting with Moral Outrage
It suddenly struck me the other day that flirting has become a dangerous sport even when it doesn’t involve body contact.
Complimenting a woman as a ‘good sort’ or inviting one out for a drink in public has become at least a sin-bin offence and can even result in a ban on any sporting contact with women for up to eight weeks.
Yet the new rules of the game seem complex. The moral outrage brigade who are dumping on Chris seem strangely reticent about the conduct of union officials who according to the Royal Commission seem to treat women like employers or Tony Abbott.
Guys like me conduct our daily contact with women in constant fear of the moral wrath of the ABC, the Fairfax Press and the fire-breathing anti-flirting female social commentators being unleashed upon us.
I’ve even been forced to stop flirting with Leigh Sales during interviews on 7.30 and I avoid being in the same neighbourhood as Penny Wong or Sarah Hanson Young. Even though there’s not the slightest chance I would flirt with either of them there’s always the possibility they could misinterpret the sincerity of my warm and friendly demeanour as offensively flirtatious and morally outrageous.
My female friends constantly make remarks about me which are delightfully misandrist and indicative of the sort of the close flirtatious relationships which are such a joy but seemingly incompatible with feminism.
Men like me who have that certain sort of charm have long regarded flirting as a prime leisure pursuit. It is highly entertaining, harmless, doesn’t emit any carbon, can be enjoyed equally by men and women, isn’t controlled by unions and isn’t overly impacted by racism or political prejudice.
The new politically correct dictum for flirting seems to be that it has to be consensual. That’s not much help with Leigh Sales on 7.30 however and it’s extremely unlikely prompt any noticeable change in my relationships with Penny Wong and Sarah Hanson Young.