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Do Flirty Women Finish First?

If promotion eludes you, a new study suggests cranking up your flirt-ometer.

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So how exactly does one go about flirting effectively on the job? “The key is to flirt with your own natural personality in mind,” Kray advises. “Be authentic. Have fun. That will translate into confidence, which is a strong predictor of negotiation performance.”

But be careful! Don’t be too nice about it. Kray notes that research has also shown that “if feminine charm inadvertently signals low competitive intent, it may decrease rather than increase female negotiators’ economic payoffs.”

So I guess the big bucks come from flirtiness-with-an-edge. Friendliness with a twist. The idea quickly descends into a comical vision of an ingratiating dominatrix wielding a velvet hammer. But it might be fun to try.

You might want to resist the urge to snap young men on the fanny, though. Unless your nickname is already Iron Lady.

Lynn Parramore is an AlterNet senior editor. She is cofounder of Recessionwire, founding editor of New Deal 2.0, and author of "Reading the Sphinx: Ancient Egypt in Nineteenth-Century Literary Culture." She received her Ph.D. in English and cultural theory from NYU. She is the director of AlterNet's New Economic Dialogue Project. Follow her on Twitter @LynnParramore.