I posted a classic Mad-TV skit (if you haven’t seen it watch it! If you have seen it…watch it again!) where a guy tries, and fails miserably, to flirt and get a girl’s phone number before the beginning of a movie. As an interesting side note, the character Darrell is played by a woman. The video is a perfect example of what flirting, described by George Simmel, would NOT look like.
Simmel requires a duality of consent and denial. The person being hit on , as well as the person doing the flirting, engage in a sort of dance or tit-for-tat. The idea is to “draw the man on without letting matters come to a decision, to rebuff him without making him lose all hope.” In this video, the woman clearly is not interested and refuses to give her number. Flirting involves gestures, stance, and eye movement. Notice how in the beginning of the video, Darrell is trying to make eye contact and engage the woman (albeit in a very creepy matter). He is constantly moving closer to the woman and staring at her. When the movie begins and Darrell’s attempt at flirtation is over, he sees another woman enter the theater and quickly moves to her, implying that the process is going to happen again.
“”Oh Yvonne! That’s a French ass name Yvonne! Yeah, my lil croissant!” Get’s me every time.
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