By Sowhatiff “Never Scurred” Jenkins
While women are going around getting all independent and what not, there are still things that remain somewhat traditional…the initial approach.
I know I was once guilty of this attitude: “If he likes me, he will come over here and talk to me (despite my pack of 7 friends, and stank look).” So…yeah…I have learned that that is not necessarily the right attitude to have. Though I touched on this in my Are Black Women That Stank entry, I thought I’d take it a step further.
Women often think that making the “first move” sends certain signals to men. As usual, we are often caught up in over-thinking.
Woman to Self: Omg. If I say something to him, he’s going think I’m flirting.
Self to Woman: Which I am, cuz he is fine.
Woman to Self: He’s going to think I want to have sex with him. I ain’t that type of chic.
Self to Woman: Well, eventually I will give up the draws, but not today…
She has this dialog with herself, and by the time she makes a decision, homeboy has moved on.
But does it have to be like this? Why is it that women feel as though we cannot make a first move? We have been conditioned to think that a man has to take that first step. Well, I posit that this not always the case.
He probably doesn’t think you are a jump.
Unless you want him to. Short of you talking all super sexy as you order your morning coffee, or stroking his chest (or your own) all sensual-like as you converse, you are probably not sending the “let’s take it to the back seat” message. If you are looking to get the jump off jumped off, or not, you are probably hinting at something by a bunch of unconscious signals. Tone of voice. Posture. Distance between you and him. Stuff like that. Pay attention to the signals.
Your environment matters.
Making the first move in the club is one thing. Drinks are involved. Heavy grinding beats are bumping. Sexy lighting is all around. All of these things factor into the sending and receiving of messages. Speaking to a man at the gym or at some other well lit venue that does not serve dranks, or sell condoms in the men’s room, can impact the way messages are sent, and received.
If he didn’t come up to you first, it doesn’t necessary mean he doesn’t think you’re hot.
This is where learning to chill, and not over think can come in handy. Think about the times where you were not initially super physically attracted to someone, and, minus the snaggle tooth they turned out to be a good catch anyway. He may not have noticed you at the same moment you saw him. Maybe his line up is not on point today. What if his breath is kicking like Kung Fu fighting. Or he might be shy. ::Gasp:: Yes, sometimes guys are shy. Try not to get lost in doubting yourself before you know what’s what.
Men like to feel desired too.
The same way we like to be complimented on the effort we took to get all fly, men probably like the same treatment to a degree. I don’t mind telling a man that his button up looks good, or that he has a nice smile. Sometimes, you may engage in further conversation and exchange digits, but often times, you don’t and just part ways. No harm, no foul.
Ladies, don’t be scurred. Sparking a conversation does not make you look ::insert all the negative things you think here::. Just be who you are. Whoever that is (jump off or otherwise) is likely to shine through.
What do you all think about women making the first move?