Relationships in Egypt are a minefield in more ways than one.
Miscommunication rules the air, suspicions arise, and jealousy is handed out like they’re free samples at a perfume shop.
As time goes on, however, you discover that there’s something that’s even trickier: flirting.
The Trouble With Flirting
Take a walk in any given street and engage in the ancient Egyptian art of eavesdropping on a conversation between a couple or just any guy and girl, and what you hear will shock you.
Nobody really knows how to flirt. If they attempt it, they fall into thinly veiled harassment and make way too many malban jokes.
As you dive deeper, you’ll discover no one even knows the difference between flirting and harassment!
The overlap goes way back into distinguishing what falls under flirting and what falls under harassment.
Misconceptions About Flirting
Flirting is arguably not something that has been given its due in Egypt. This is why lots of people find it hard or find it confusing.
Many think a person has to be something of show-off, a peacock in most metaphorical senses, to flirt. They believe that they have to make bolder than bold gestures on their first try.
That’s not necessarily true doesn’t have to be one of those over-the-nose things.
In fact, flirting is the one of the things where less is more.
You don’t have to go all out and pull all the stops. Sometimes a nice compliment or simple gesture is all it takes.
Flirting can be a gradual process, beginning slowly and then going on and on to become something more present.
You don’t have to use all your top notch weapons in the first round.
Confidence is the key here. Have it and nothing else will matter, mostly.
Misconceptions About Harassment
Though, things that fall under harassment are quite easy to identity, people tend to get a little lost about them.
A lot of people, apparently, think that any interaction with the opposite sex is filed as harassment.
Some (men) even think women differentiate solely on the appearance of the guy who’s talking, which is not the case.
The key to knowing which is which is simply just looking at what was said and how it was said.
Was it too inappropriate considering your familiarity with the girl? Was it too sleazy, tone-wise?
There aren’t really any guidelines when it comes to what to say other than talking in a pleasant tone and not being sexual. That second thing is definitely harassment with a capital H.
Even if your tone is definitely pleasant and you’re not being creepy or R-rated, if you hit on someone who makes it clear they’re not interested, you’re in the Harassment Zone.
“But if everything is harassment”, one person might say. “Then how can I get it on with someone?”
We promise we’re not out to get you or put obstacles your way. This isn’t a sure-fire way of ours to kill your game.
If you want to get it on with someone, find someone who will be into you.
But, how will you find that person? Well, there are signs.
We’re gonna leave that for another time, though.
We have one more advice to give, though. To make everything much clearer, just think ‘what would Amr Warda do?’ and do the exact opposite.
Many things in life can be confusing.
Misconceptions and misunderstandings tend to be a tad common in our society.
However, we have the option to avoid falling into these spots.
All we have to do is prod ourselves. Even if we think we understand everything, there’s a chance we might be wrong.