My smile is a gesture, NOT an Invitation!
- IWB Post
- May 20, 2015
If a woman smiles at a man in the street, it should not be assumed as an invitation for the man to engage her in conversation, or to flirt. A smile is a social deflection, a way of smoothing the awkwardness of being strangers—in which case, it is not an invitation to talk to them.
Even a smile partnered with a sleazy, creepy smile can ruin a woman’s enjoyment of a public space and constrain her freedom. Always remember, it is not a man’s world, it is everyone’s.