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This is normally a good thing, as Audrey Tautou is the patron saint of French women getting laid in England; if her name is mentioned in a conversation, it’s, as I believe you call it, in the bag.
Same goes for smoking: non-smoking French exes complained about feeling like they were kissing an ashtray but here, it’s just seen as a wonderful thing us people do, like eating croissants for every goddamn meal and having read all of Sartre from age seven.
I’ve also had several friends who’ve cooked some fairly unremarkable dishes for lovers, and were incredibly amused by the torrents of compliments they got in return.
As a French woman living in London, I read Ed Cumming’s latest piece about our apparent preference for British men with great interest.
Though I have to admit that it is factually correct – at least judging from my group of friends – the reasons he gave for why we’d rather be dating specimens from your side of the Channel couldn’t be further from the truth.
Another frankly outdated cliché playing in our favour is our apparent God-like knowledge of food and wine.
Given that for most of the people I’ve met here, anything that doesn’t taste worse than vinegar counts as decent, my very vague ability to match a certain meal with a certain wine has baffled more than one.
For a start, everything we do is apparently French, therefore charming.
If we happen to be wearing some sort of lipstick and have a haircut that’s not basically shaved or ridiculously long, we’ll get compared to Amelie Poulain.
American culture raises children to be fiercely independent and to look out for ‘number one’.
This breeds a generation of men who have habits of looking after their own needs versus the needs of the collective. Europeans don’t get their sexual education from porn. European men have a different perception of beauty.
For example, in the Netherlands, comprehensive sexuality education starts at age four. Instead of cruelly dismissing someone by disappearing, they communicate that they are not interested. As the media in Europe is a lot more heavily monitored, Europeans grow up surrounded by media and images of women who are curvy, comfortable in their own skin, and sensual (versus overly sexualized).Tags: Adult Dating, affair dating, sex dating