Are You Leading Him On?

Are You Leading Him On?

You're not interested in getting a boyfriend. You're busy with life and just don't have time. But your girlfriends convinced you to hit the club. So you're at a table scrolling through your phone, and happen to glace up. Across the room you make eye contact with a guy. You smile, and he takes this as an invite to approach. Now he's talking to you, buying you a drink, and you just wishing he'd leave. Three hours later, he's been by your side the whole time and invites you back to his place. You say no and he's pissed. You mark him down as another man only interested in sex. You complain to your friends that guys think that just because they buy you a drink they think you owe them.

But what if this was your fault?

What if you really were leading him on?

Were you sending mixed signals?

He offered to buy you a drink, you don't owe him anything, right?

Are You Leading Him On?

Many times women send the wrong signals without even intending to. Some women have traits that guys read as "green light". You might not intend to breadcrumb, but maybe you are.

So what are some ways that women do this? These are ways to avoid sending the wrong message (or to send the "green light" if you actually want to).


You go on date. You really aren't all that interested but in the conversation you say things that hint at a later date. After all you like him, but don't LIKE him, so it would be fun to get together later, just not as a date.

Right now you are hinting at a future relationship. Since you're on a date, he is reading your future "plans" as date invites, not hang outs. So when you tell him it's not going to work, but you want to be friends, he accuses you of leading him on.

And he's right, even if that's not what you intended. Often times we as women don't want to hurt or insult guys, so we are nice, and end up being accused of "playing them".

Are You Leading Him On?

Back to the original club example.

What went wrong here? Well for one you talked to him for three hours. He read this as "Exclusivity". Guys compare your behavior with them, to you behavior with other guys. So when you talk to him exclusively he's gonna think somethings up. If you don't want him to think your interested, work the room.

One of the easiest way for a guy to gauge interest is by buying you a drink. This is something plenty of women will refuse.

So when you say yes, this isn't a sure signal your interested in him, but it's a signal that your not uninterested in him... if a guy offers to buy a second drink, and you accept, this is typically a more sure sign to him.

Oh and by the way even if he buys you 20 drinks, you still wouldn't owe him anything. That's a chance he's taking... but you'd be a vixen to accept if you're not interested

Are You Leading Him On?
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  • HopelessRomantic2119
    I wouldn't say that specific example is leading a guy on, but I believe women do lead men on under the guise of "being nice." As a man, I appreciate honesty. If you're not into me, just say you're not interested because ______. But be honest about my reasoning, maybe it's cause I don't have a beard, maybe I remind you of that guy that broke your heart in the 8th grade. Women lie or lead on to be "nice", when in my opinion lying is the cruelest thing you can do. If a man can't accept your HONEST answer, that's a poor reflection on him, not you, but just be honest.
    Is this still revelant?
    • My99legend

      Very true points! Thanks for the response

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  • if you were not interested in talking youd say so when he approached. i dont get how yore on the phone-supposedly- uninterested in anyone then getting free drinks then spending 3 hours with a guy. just say not interested. why is that so hard?

    this was not accidental mixed message this was being oportunist.
    Is this still revelant?
    • no one owes anyone anything he bought you a drink of his own feee will, BUT you were not clear and spent hours with him. so of course he's going to think you're interested. its obnoxious to act blind sided in said situation..

    • My99legend

      Just a side note... This IS a fictional situation :P

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  • Logorithim
    Although those are some good points, it's also definitely the case that men all too often see what they want to see when it comes to their perception of potential signals being sent by a woman/confusing friendly behavior for interest and/or attraction.
  • Guy2809
    I think the problem is not so much women sending mixed signals but MEN ASSUMING A GIRL IS INTERESTED JUST BECAUSE SHE IS NICE. This is a very known behavior tha men have and it's dumb to blame women for it. "It's pretty much saying dont be nice because he'll think you want him". Which is stupidn accepting a drink and a conversation doesn't mean she's going home with you and doesn't mean she wan leading you on. Now there are girls who do give lead ons and then back away, because it makes the feel good. But accepting a drink and a conversation is not a. mixed signal, she's been friendly that's all. A mixed signal would be her touching you while chatting, touching your thighs, your arms and your face. Even in this case she's not obligated to go home with you. Although women and men need to be careful with how they interact without h someone, been nice and having a conversation does not mean insinuation, so the problem in this kind if example is not mixed signals, is men assuming she is interested jsut because she is social.
    • sure it doesn't mean she's interested but its obnoxious.. why take the drink at all. you can talk without accepting free stuff.

    • JoleenPeg

      @VIVANT Okay so what If she accepted the drink because she was potentially interested, but didn’t want to go home with the guy? Like who says because a girl is potentially interested in a dude that she wants to sleep with him rather then go on a date first? Smh

    • Guy2809

      @JoleenPeg precisely my point. The fact that a girl gives accepts to talk to you doesn't mean she'll go home with you. At the end of the nigh maybe she likes you and would potnetially date you, but it doesn't mean she will sleep with you that night. Maybe she finds you attractive, accepts the drink, then figures out you are a jerk and is not interested anymore. Men need to understand that the fact that a girl initially likes you doesn't o ligate her to like you forever, she's allowed to change her opinion.

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  • Xoxocutekitty
    Life happens, sometimes you see a cute guy and he offers to buy you a drink, you're not accepting the drink, you're accepting the time spent with his face and his personality. Maybe at the moment, you like one or the other or both, and maybe its something that you genuinely don't like. Some people are brighter before they speak, some people are arrogant when they speak.

    I think what bothers men is realizing how despite a few attempts at impressing her, he's just not worth her effort. If she's willing to talk to you, then she's giving you a chance, and if you're not getting any more chances, than she's already decided that you're the one she wants to rearrange her time for. Setting up dates takes time, energy, and yes sometimes money (having cute things to wear, makeup, transportation to the date- all of which happens before the guy can get upset about paying for a check if they don't agree to split).

    Also if it's something as short as 1 night of talking, that ain't shit time to "Get to know each other" and decide to go home together.
  • martyfellow
    You’re not allowed to say ‘you’re asing for it’ so you say ‘you’re being a vixen.’

    But it you stay with a guy for 3 hours and let him buy you any number of drinks he has a right to be upset when you say no...
    • My99legend

      Haha I was thinking more along the lines of b*tch... I just usually avoid that word... I'm allowed to say whatever I want wht

  • leelouB
    If you're not interested, don't accept drinks and say no to dates!
    If a guy offers to buy you a drink, it is usually because he is interested. Seems to me that if you have no interest in dating, just say upfront that you're not interested! Stop playing games!
  • JonDoe1985
    How about we just start training our kids so future generations stop looking for "signals." Let's stop expecting men to "make the first move." Let's just make everyone equally accountable here. Let's say a guy pics up a "signal" that she might be interested, instead of thinking he needs to do his next moves within his repitoire, he just asks directly. Let's just make our intentions clear from the get go.
  • Hungry_Shark
    Most women lead guys on Now days.
    They use men for sexual pleasure.
    And then dump that guy like a bad habit and then marry some nice rich guy after riding the cock carousel and eating the cock buffet.

    Women are cunning.
  • JimRSmith
    Yeah, buying you a drink, and chatting for a few hours doesn't entitle him to have sex with you.

  • loveslongnails
    It doesn't matter that she smiled at him. Once he came over and started to talk, she should have shut him down then if she wasn't interested. A smile is polite, OR it could be an invitation. If she was just being polite, she needed to make that clear. By NOT doing that, she made her own bed.
  • bubble_tea
    Lol reminds me of something my s/o told me recently. Apparently, his friend thinks his girlfriend shouldn't decline free drinks from guys if she goes out with her friends. "She is so stupid. She could have saved so much money!" 😂 Kinda damned if you do, and damned if you don't!
  • OpenWine
    I bought a girl a drink just because I wanted to be nice since she was an exchange student. some people read into the little things too much and end up with less. just some hospitality I have tought myself.

    I mean when I go to south america there are many things that you can't buy there but here you get it.

    what I wanna say is a man can pay a drink to a woman for other reasons than interest.
  • FatherJack
    Just makes me glad I will never be dating again !! Hypothetically , if I got a mere hint of disinterest , I would simply walk off and not waste my time. No tolerance for BS !! Pursuing further can have very serious legal and social consequences for a man nowadays , male = rapist in waiting / sex predator , by default. Excellent take by the way , male and female brains are totally differently wired , polar opposites in most respects.
  • Gedaria
    You meet a lass you chat. Why do you think you are in would you feel the same if it was a guy you got chatting to why isn't so different because she's a lass. As far as leading them on it's more like the guy reading more into it sometimes a drink and a natter is that all it is !!!
    • Hal2002

      This hook up generation, buying a woman a drink or too while conversing is socializing. It does not mean she owes you anything, and it does not mean anything that a females spend 5 minutes or 3 hours talking to you. It could simply be that she enjoys talking with you, it does not mean she is sexually attracted to you.

      I do not know about anyone else, but within 15 minutes I can usually tell if a female is romantically interested in me or is just enjoying the conversation we are having. It is not what a woman says that should clue you in, it is her body language that will tell you if she sees you as having romantic potential.

  • lilaqua
    This shit is a minefield. If you be nice to a guy, you're labelled as leading him on but if your actively avoiding "sending out signals" you're a bitch/horrible piece of shit that all those Incels use as an argument to kill all women.
    • MrNameless

      No, simply being nice doesn't = interested. If you're flirting with him, talking to him for a long time, accepting drinks, accepting future plans and telling them you'll let them know when they are available, but have no intentions of seeing the guy again and aren't interested in him, looks like leading them on

    • lilaqua

      @MrNameless I’ve only smiled at men before. They messaged me saying that they’re interested and get angry when I say I’m not. I’m done with this.

  • Cosytoasty
    You’re not leading him on BUT, if you wish he’d leave you alone 3 hours earlier you should say so.
  • Accepting a drink and talking with someone is usually how you find out if you're interested or not. If after chatting with them you find that you don't want to further get to know them, why should you be penalized for that?
    • NoBullsh1t

      You shouldn't! But if you're spending 3 hours "finding out"... that could be a bit questionable, yes?

    • @NoBullsh1t after 3hrs, yeah maybe lol.

    • MrNameless

      that's true.

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  • LMNOP123
    I don't understand how women can use an interested guy for free food and drinks. That's just rude. If you don't do it on purpose and don't mean to use him still don't. It's kind of common sense what buying you food and drinks mean.
    The only time I 'lead a guy on', I really was interested in him. For over a year. When I started pulling back, then he liked me and wanted to pursue me. I was over him by then. I tried my best to let him know that. Do I still feel bad about this? Of course I do.
  • Browneye57
    Right on.
    Guys communicate overtly. Girls communicate covertly.
    Girls are masters at innuendo and nuance. Guys are awful at it. If you aren't direct and clear, blunt to the point, he JUST DOES NOT GET IT.
    So don't send signals you're interested if you're not. If you're not man-shopping what are you doing in a club in the first place?

    The FI has shoved this harassment thing down everybody's throats. If a guy so much LOOKS at a woman he's a pervert or a 'creep'. Unless he's really good looking or filthy rich - then it's okay.

    Seriously, just be clear on your intentions. Don't lead people on, either gender.
  • MlleCake
    The only thing that means yes is yes. If he didn't bother to ask me what I am thinking, his misinterpretation of what he thinks my signals are is on him. Just as it is on me if I misinterpret his.

    The real deal is being brave enough to clearly communicate. I try to be very "cards on the table" about what I am offering in a relationship, especially in the early stages when we don't know each other all that well.

    In general though, I want everyone to think of mixed-signals about consent for sexual activity to count as a NO.

    If you're confused or unclear if someone wants to advance in any sexual manner, don't proceed. Stop. Get clarity.
  • Onlythisone
    You smile... You are leading them on.
    You don't smile... Everyone tells you to smile more...

    Fucking dudes are batshit crazy
    • NoBullsh1t

      Dudes aren't batshit crazy at all - women are the ones that don't know what they want and are impossibly fickle. Hell, even other women admit that one ;)
      Nah, it's all about what you do AFTER that smile... not the fact that you smiled in the first place. You smile, he sees interest (which, let's be honest, there was a sort of interest- you didn't exactly turn away, right? ) and engages... at that point, it's up to you to get across that the interest you intended was nothing more than a friendly response, or (if it was) something more.

    • @NoBullsh1t no one sane puts that much thought into whether or not they should smile... Crazy.

    • MrMAC777

      There is a difference between being a person with a nice smile, and smiling at someone. And I beg to differ, women in fact have way more bat shit in their caves than men. We are very simple creatures!

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  • Tomblebee
    Buying drinks is silly. Here you go: I'll fund you to consume some poison. Oh you don't want any? You must not like me. ?
  • Heythere2013
    Men and women are guilty of doing this. I never lead a guy on because its happened to me and I don't treat anyone like that. If I don't like them, I tell them its not working out.
  • thinker_

    I don't agree with your thought process.

    signals are always goofy and everyone likes free drink

    and if someone is talking to you for some time, it doesn't give you permission to have sex.

    buying a drink for her doesn't mean buying her

    also she should have thrown some money to compensate for that drink
    • My99legend

      Everything you said you don't agree with is exactly the what I'm saying.
      I don't think a girl owes anything for a drink... That's what my last statement was

    • thinker_

      lol but in the middle you had very different tone,

      so i skimmed the remaining part xD

    • thinker_

      yeah my bad 😅😅😅

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  • WeeGeeTheSecond
    Couldn't agree more. Way too many girls manipulate other guys unconsciously, and wouldn't admit it even if they thought about it.
  • mssimest23
    Great Mytake. a lot of women out there don't even realize that they're leading the guy on but the points you made on here were very clear.
  • StickStickity13
    Women are awful at being upfront. Everything is so nuanced with them. Just say "not interested" in a polite but obvious way.
  • Silver158
    really feel that a woman is only actually leading a guy on if she's doing it on purpose. (same goes for guys). Like if they tell you they want you and you make a move or ask them out and they immediately start backtracking
  • Wwwyzzerdd
    Even worse is when she isn't interested but leads you on because she's a mooch.
  • Liisjak
    She could always refuse the drink, but everyone loves free shit.
    • HereIbe

      Yup, nothing wrong with free shit. The problem is that a lot of men are just ot-nay oo-tay ight-bray. Sorry, but when I bought a woman I didn't know at all a drink, I knew that all I was buying was some conversation and company for so long as the drink lasted.

  • ThePundertaker
    I like how there are more male responses than females.
  • Satine
    dgaf before like maybe the 3rd or 5th date, manage your expectations. men and women both magnify the extent of their interest for various reasons -- to a point it's just part of figuring out if you want to get to know someone more! you might think you do, and as the night/week/month goes on, you might decide it's a poor fit.

    it's like job hunting... if they want you they'll let you know later (NOT at the interview unless they're desperate or the job's no good!). one follow-up call is fine but more gets progressively weirder. even if you're perfectly qualified, sometimes they just want someone else -- so apply elsewhere! you'll feel better if you do.
  • pizzalovershouse
    that happens on an off so there's no real proof it's true
  • RedRobin
    Nice take
  • Emma_240302
    Omg this is so relatable thanks for sharing it
  • N23SA
    Interesting, good take
  • 2opaz
    All women do is play games with a man's heart
    • HereIbe

      Know how I know you don't get any action?

    • 2opaz

      @HereIbe enlighten me

    • 2opaz

      with your wisdom

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  • Subflics
    Fake girls. That's the shit I don't like.
  • CoffeeWC
    Nice take
  • CT_CD
    Nice myTake
  • Iron_Man
    Never lead a guy on free drinks aren't worth it
  • Nice222
    Good take thank for sharing
  • Tohhru
    I dont like being led on
  • clampfan101
    Ouch. :/
  • BigProblem
    İ didn't feel my girlfriend do
  • Revolver_
    Women tend to do just that
  • Anonymous
    To be fair, there are situations where a woman likes you.. But then you do something (or maybe something just happens to her), and she loses interest and she backs off. When I really hate is that when confronted, they'll pretend they never liked you in the first place, when they showed signs in the first place.
  • Anonymous
    Ya I'm a bit of a flirt so what
  • Anonymous
    Girls always do this for fun
  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous
    Good take