This Mae West.....
....not this mae west......
I am reading a book now called Art of Seduction by Robert Greene. Its a very interesting blend of psychology, history and practical guidebook. Its broken up into three main sections. First, an exploration of seducer types. its a little like a Cosmo quiz & you are supposed to figure out what your style is. I'd say I'm a "charmer" Second, a list of target types & victim psychology. Here, I think I'm a "professor" The author is quite witty & throws in a few observations about each type - some, he says, are worth seducing but some types just become too tiresome or annoying. Third & final section is a 24-step guide on how to set up, execute & deal with the aftermath of a seduction. The whole book is liberally sprinkled with historical figures & lots of quotes. Its not really about how to get to laid - but more about how to engage someone's feelings, sexual manipulation & social power. So, why am I reading this fascinating, if somewhat creepy, book?
Traveling Bandita just did a post on something that's been coming up - dealing with men. Frankly, I've never really attracted much male attention before (other than "friend") & I'm a little unsure on how to manage it. It is my lack of experience that I fear could make me a an easy target. Really, sparkling eyes, a few soulful compliments, some drinks combined with lots of time on the road and I could envision myself doing something stupid. That may not be the ideal thing to say but at least its truthful. In a perfect world when I get hit on, I would just stick my nose up in the air & stomp away but its never really that simple, is it? My thought process is I figure the best way to armor myself against seduction is to learn to recognize the signs. To know when I am being seduced in order to guard against it.
The word "seduction" may infer a sexual component but it doesn't always have to be that way. This book notes that great politicians - JFK, for example - "seduce" on a mass scale. Seduction seems like another form of power - just ask Marilyn Monroe! Anybody with any modicum of job success or ability to influence others around them is used to wielding power. I am certainly comfortable with using several forms of power in my career. Its just that seduction has never been a type of power within my reach - until now. I'm just thinking that I need to learn how to master this one as well.
Logical approach or psyhco? How do you fabulous skinny bitches deal with all the men falling at your feet?
Finally, I was watching a Mae West double feature on the TCM earlier this week. I've always had a girl crush on her but now its fascinating to watch her while thinking about this book.
So, I leave you a pertinent Mae West quote..."a dame that knows the ropes isn't likely to get tied up."