When it comes to gender differences and dating

Tamara shares her perspective: “It feels awkward to gaze deeply into a stranger’s eyes.And I’ve actually had to say things like, ‘I don’t know you yet, so I’d prefer not to hold hands.’”Different than in the United States—where there’s often a moment when you define the relationship (DTR) as a couple—the French believe that there's a mutual understanding after a kiss or successful date. Abinet experienced this after a three-week vacation to France to see family friends. “I ended up on a first date with the first man I’ve ever loved.” He considered her to be his girlfriend and formed a sense of commitment immediately after that first date went well. Abinet moved to Paris just three weeks after her initial trip ended.“Couples just don't have ‘the talk’ in France,” Eileen adds.I've been on first dates in France that I couldn't drag even long-term boyfriends to in the U.

But in France: “He initiated dates, planned them to a tee, and never canceled.

Halfway through our first date, he asked what I was doing the day after next and suggested a restaurant we should try.

By way of a different culture, language, and romantic norms, dating someone from any country is bound to present some serious differences.

Understanding the realities of French dating customs requires digging a little deeper than one or two great dates—so we spoke with five women who maintained actual serious romantic relationships, not just a week of abroad flirting.

That said, wherever you are, make sure to go into any relationship with an arsenal of healthy habits, as none of those things will need translation.

Your example illustrates one of the many reasons why feminism is still necessary.

"The men were very persistent with chasing," she recalls.

"I think the biggest thing is that the French men really felt the need to be the pursuers."Perhaps some of those gender roles may be irritating for some women, while others might find these kinds of differences invigorating.

In other words, the French like to fill their dates with character and content.

“It's pretty appealing to watch a French man study a wine menu like most American men read the sports page,” admits Tamara. Before finding love in France, Abinet felt lucky if a guy stuck to a plan for a date.

The dates he's taken me on are much more 'cutesy' than what I previously expected from a man,” she shares.

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