I received this email from a man that tried to give a woman a compliment on her figure. What do you think?
I met a really attractive and intelligent woman at a party a few weeks ago. It was a public event at an art gallery. She was a high school teacher in her early thirties. We had been talking for a good half hour and really seemed to be hitting it off. We had even made tentative plans to meet for coffee sometime. Then, things suddenly went downhill. I commented that she had a "nice, full, hourglass figure". I thought she would take it as a compliment but instead she became deeply offended. She snapped, "Oh really....well perhaps I should do some plus size modeling!" I went into damage control mode and tried to clarify my comments but I think I only exacerbated things when I used the term "healthy". With a look of complete disgust, she slapped my face and departed.
I will never forget those agonizing seconds in the immediate aftermath, as I was standing there alone rubbing my cheek, drawing some judgmental stares from onlookers. Needless to say, it was not my proudest moment, LOL.
She had the classic figure of a 50's pinup - large bust, narrow waist, shapely hips/legs. I guess she had interpreted "hourglass" as meaning big/overweight/full figured. I just thought it meant shapely and well proportioned.
When I told a female friend about this she shook her head and said it was never a good idea to comment on a woman's figure, even if I thought it was complimentary. What do you think about this?
First of all, in my opinion, complimenting a woman on her figure within an hour of first meeting her, is not a very good idea. Telling her that she is beautiful, or has beautiful eyes, is welcome by most women, however, her figure is getting too personal and sexual, no matter how complimentary. But then, that has to do with what type of woman she is. Personally, it would have triggered a warning message flashing in my head, and I would be hunting for the "exit" sign. I personally would find it offensive for a man to compliment me on my figure, which again is too personal and too sexual, unless I am in a relationship with him. Tell it to your guy friends, out of my earshot.
You said you had already discussed a later meeting for coffee, but had it been me, by bringing up my figure, I would have read that to mean, coffee was not what you had on your agenda at all. The tentative date would have been canceled, and again, I would have been heading for the nearest "exit".
But that's me and not her. She appeared to be more concerned with feeling insulted by your impression of her figure, which is without a doubt, a sore spot for her. You told her she had a nice full hourglass figure, which offended her. In woman speak this translates to: you have a nice (okay, nothing special) full (polite way of saying fat) hourglass figure. The use of the word hourglass would, more than likely, not have been offensive to her if you had said, "You have a beautiful hourglass figure", but using the words nice, and full with it, you didn't have a prayer. Then you clumsily tried to fix it, and made the mistake of saying healthy (another polite word for saying fat). You referred to her as being fat, not once, but twice. Woohoo.
Not only that, in your first meeting, within the first hour, you disrespected her, and I can't stress enough, by zooming in on her figure. No self-respecting woman would pursue you as a friend, let alone meet you for coffee or anything else, after you show her disrespect upon first meeting her. That is not how we play ball. Save this type of behavior for the bar or club, and those girls that are looking for the last available man when the lights come on at 2:00 morning, in hopes of taking someone home to shag.
I am not a physically aggressive person, so there would have to be an extreme reason for me to go so far as to slap your face, so it still seems to me that this woman's reaction was on the extreme side. But, in my opinion, you insulted her three times. Twice by referring to her as being fat, and once for mentioning her figure at all. Three strikes, and she slung the bat.
Okay readers, what's your thoughts?
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