This is a schematic gesture—that is, a more stylized gesture than the mimic gesture—which has been vilified of late by the antisexist lobby I think a lot depends on where you were brought up In London we use the wink as a friend signal, not a mating signal It's employed as a tie-sign, which means a way of sending quite complex messages to someone in a simple signal It's a sign of like-mindedness or a sign of sharing a joke Sometimes it signals that the winker is just joking about something . As such I think the wink is one of the most attractive gestures in the human repertoire . But then I'm a Londoner . In practical terms it can be seen as sexual harassment in the workplace, which is a real pity

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