The Difference Between Flirting and Harassment, “These Two Things Are Not The Same”

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Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ve probably seen at least one man complain about how hard and confusing life is in the #MeToo era. I’ve seen comments like, “No one can take a compliment anymore,” “I guess I can’t flirt anymore,” and (my personal favorite) “Blah, blah, blah #NotAllMen.” Like many women, comedian Kate Willett has had enough of the nonsense, and she posted on Facebook to set everyone straight:

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She makes it really simple: flirting=empathy and desire. Harassment=force and a lack of empathy. Easy peasy.

Facebook users agreed. This response gives another great example of the difference between the two:

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This guy gets it:

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Willett also posted her thoughts on Twitter, where she got more great responses:

And this one, which notes that Willet could have gone in a different direction entirely:


Ultimately, flirting is fun and mutual. Harassment is not. It really is that simple.