We've all heard of wingmen, dudes who agree to talk to the friend of a woman who another dude is interested in. The wingman, for that night anyway, is supposed to be selfless, keeping the other friend occupied so his male friend can swoop in and get his girl.
Taken from military lingo to describe planes that flank fighter planes during serious missions (because, you know, getting the girl is a really serious military mission), I didn't realize you could ask a woman to do the same thing — until I read about an ad on Craigslist (where else?) procuring the services of a wingwoman for $30 an hour. To check out excerpts from the ad,
"We have an opening for a part-time personal introduction assistant, aka a 'wingwoman.'
You must be classy and dress well.
Beyond that you must be able to do 4 things: 1) start conversations with beautiful women; 2) after that, remain totally silent, unless spoken directly to, but smile and look friendly while the man you are 'winging' orchestrates the social situation; 3) socialize and block any man or woman attempting to interfere with the man you are winging and any woman he is chatting with; and 4) end any conversation you are having instantly at the direction of the man you are winging. These requirements are essential, not for everyone, and difficult to do well. . .
This job is not for you if you are uptight, frumpy, grumpy, shy, a man-hater, a debbie downer, a critic, a control freak, a pouter, a therapist, researching, writing an article, with the press, a prostitute, an escort, a relationship counselor, or a feminist with a bone to pick. . ."
Being a debbie downer feminist with a bone to pick, I think I'd suck at being a wingwoman! But mostly, I would have to stifle my laughter. (Hey, that makes me not uptight, right?) Anyway, in doing research for this, I found so many weird "learn how to be a playa" websites that actually teach men how to pick up women. (I think it's these organizations that hire wingwomen.) Would you do it? Do you think it'd be fun?