Try tempering your feminist theory with some old-fashioned French pragmatism." And that spirit carries over to their dating culture as well—for better, and sometimes, for worse.
To Mary Alice, this gender difference was especially apparent when it came to whose role it was to pursue.
"“I love that in France a man thinks nothing of complimenting a woman that he doesn't know; he compliments her on her smile or her hair or whatever—and it doesn't mean anything more than, ‘I appreciate you,’” shares Carol.
From ice skating on top of Tour Montparnasse to a picnic on a rowboat in the lake at Bois de Boulogne, Abinet’s boyfriend has definitely topped all of her previous date experiences.To Carol, who dated a French man for years, it seems a given in French culture that men and women are different and that those differences are to be celebrated—not ignored.“French men pay attention to things like women wearing make-up, perfume, dressing well, and they enjoy a woman’s sensuality.” This doesn’t mean they expect women to be mere ‘eye candy,’ though.The term ‘flirting’ comes from the word ‘fleureter,’ meaning ‘to say sweet words.’ The best part of it is, French flirting at it's finest needs no interpretation and shouldn't leave a woman wondering.While some American women might find this annoying, the women I spoke to felt it glorious to be able to just respond with a ‘merci’ and move on with their day wearing a smile.