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    Olivia Sanders

    Unearthing the Truth of Female Courtship Initiation

    The courtship ritual has traditionally been wrought with taboo and mystery, an enigmatic routine between men and women with male initiation considered to be of the utmost importance. This one-dimensional narrative of conventional courtship is now beginning to be challenged. Contrary to popular belief, it is actually the women who are initiating the dance steps of courtship.

    This odyssey of discovery starts with a journey of exploration into the uncharted waters of gender stereotypes. It seems that society has unintentionally evolved a stigma around allowing women to take the lead in all aspects of life, especially when it comes to matters of the heart. One of the largest male misjudgements is thinking that they are the initiators and regulators of courtship.

    It is true that women do not necessarily actively approach potential suitors first, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that they are placing themselves in a passive role. Women guard their affections and strategically release them in order to inspire a response from men, as well as to control the tempo and direction of the budding dynamic between them. This is subtly done through signals such as flirting, shy glances, body language and other forms of communication, first issued by women.

    Women also manage to "test the waters" before retreating to safe ground again. For instance, if a man has made the initial advances and been denied, the woman's next testing move is to accept his initiation, often evidenced by coy interactions and wait-and-see responses or outright flirtatious behavior.

    In addition, women often set certain standards and expectations in order to gauge the strength of a man's character and dedication. If a man meets the high bar that women have set, she will often openly express her affections and be ready to proceed with the courtship.

    Females are not only able to affect the flow of the courtship process, but can also influence the outcome. This is achieved through both subtle and direct means — crafting the conversation and failing to deal with topics may invite themes of respect and power imbalance, whereas being vocal and open may pivot the relationship to bring a couple closer together, symbolizing shared understanding and pleasure.

    The implications of this newfound information can be liberating for potential couples and dramatically shift the dynamics in relationships. Both parties have the chance to understand their respective part in a courtship, encouraging an equal exchange of feelings and thoughts, rather than the previous traditional norms associated with courtship. The positive result of this process is a balancing of power between the genders, which until recently had been forcibly skewed towards an archaic version of gender roles.

    It is essential to understand that the combination of strategic, yet natural initiatives taken by women, along with the knowledge that it is women who initiate the courtship ritual, drastically changes the dating landscape. This understanding allows men to not only define their role in the ritual, but to notice how the progression of the relationship is being shaped along its journey. By dispelling this age-old myth, the relationship between men and women can become healthier, fosteringa kinder, more loving dynamic with mutual respect amongst both genders.

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