Wednesday, 19 March 2014

1800s Flirtation Rules






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  1. Oh wow! These are amazing, I do wish some of these techniques were still in use today. So often, simply being nice to someone is confused with flirting.

    Thank you for sharing these, I love them! :)

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  2. Very interesting reading! But I have to say, if everyone was actually doing this, it must have been quite confusing, not to mention difficult to carry on a verbal conversation, with all the nonverbal chatter going on! :-)

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    1. Yes, I can imagine it would be hard remembering all the signals! Still the girls at least probably didn't have much else to do!

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  3. Very romantic, but thank heaven we can just say what we mean these days. I'd never be able to remember all those, and I'm pretty sure I'd have ended up saying exactly the opposite of what I really meant! :P

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    1. 'I hate you', 'kiss me', that could be interesting. :P

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  4. I have a fan and some gloves (and I keep getting chased around by this white rabbit who claims they're his). I wonder if Victorian lesbians had the same flirtation signals.

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    1. Oh, those cheeky rabbits! Ha ha! That is a good question, subtle hints would certainly have been useful as a lesbian, perhaps a good way to identify others. I am reading Tipping The Velvet by Sarah Waters at the moment. She wrote some excellent novels about Victorian era lesbians. It is really interesting to read about (as well as them just being great stories) and wonder about things like how they found each other, how they lived in an era when it had to be so secret.

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    2. Oh, I've read all of her novels-- brilliant stuff, agreed :)

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  5. Ahahaa! Where did you find these? :D They are marvelous, especially the first one; "I am engaged - throw them up in the air". And how does one "fan one's parasol" to be introduced? X)

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    1. The first few are from Retronaut.com, the rest were found in google search. I am not sure about the parasol thing, I would guess either opening and closing it or moving it side to side like windscreen wipers?

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  6. I'm imagining people keeping lots of little reference cards in their pockets

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