I’m a happily married housewife raising four kids in the suburbs.
As I’ve always needed a creative outlet, I’ve been writing a blog for the last twelve months, sharing the details of my daily life with a growing fan base. Writing about the mini triumphs and crises of my kids, as well as the ongoing dramas of our renovations, has proved to be very therapeutic, especially knowing I have a dedicated audience.
But recently one of my male readers left a charmingly flirtatious message in my comments box. Without really thinking about it, I left a flirtatious reply. It felt quite titillating at the time but now I’m racked with guilt. I mean, technically I know I’m not actually cheating on my hubbie, but I still feel weird. Especially as I’m now fantasising about continuing the conversation with “spicier” language. And deliberately incorrect punctuation. What can I do to feel respectable again?
Dear All Aflutter,
The online world is indeed vast and, as you’ve just confirmed, full of horny fruit loops.
Digital flirting comes with its own unique perils and pitfalls. It’s wise to remember that in cyberspace people can be whoever they want to be. How do you know this “charmingly flirtatious” man isn’t just some loser with a personality disorder and a fetish for uptight suburban housewives?
Now that I think about it, how do I know you’re really an uptight suburban housewife? And how do you know I’m really a long-haired Himalayan bovine who’s unafraid to speak the truth? These are serious questions that demand answers.
Where am I going with this? Not sure really. Maybe you just need to take a cold shower. If you’re feeling this racy about a random online encounter, heaven help the next virile young tradie who makes his way up your garden path.
With Kind Regards,