One European man (now in hiding) says that American women are “unbelievably EASY”

Posted on September 28, 2009 by peacefulyorkshire

yahooavatar15Well, we all know by now that our American accent has the ability to charm many a British man. One British bloke in a cringe- central pickup line hooted “Why, your voice is  all the glamour of  Hollywood coming off of some sweet lil lips, love!”.  Yes, our sexy accent aside, American women are also known to be  independent. Loud. Outspoken. Brash. Nosy. Noisy. In-your-face. But come on… now the claim has been made that we’re “EASY” as well!? Check out this hilarious tongue in cheek article.

Now, then! I would like to take the opportunity to counterattack this claim  as your (unappointed)  ‘She’s Not from Yorkshire’ American representative and offer another viewpoint: I wonder if European men would know that maybe, just maybe—wait, a lot maybe, we are using them just as much as they are using us? I mean come on, we want to have the  “full European experience”, you know?

I, fellow readers will confess that I only dated many a French, German, Macedonian, Norwegian just to experience the thrill of being with a man from oh lala  “Europe”. Looking back I think that behaviour was partly inspired by  the infamous character ‘Isadora Wing’.  Did I ever expect that these little affairs would last when I got back to my American life? Nah, of course not!

I would like to say to European men that we relish the great Italian coffee and your exquisite wine from a carafe.  That quaint Moroccan cafe you showed us for dinner ran by your cousin Leemo. The  stroll by the city river while you whisper unintelligible things in French/Italian/Greek/German that you claim is  your favourite Goethe poem. But, we know its all part of your game. And we wouldn’t expect anything less! I mean, come on, what a great adventure to write in our diaries and tell our friends back home!

And just for the record, at the end of the affair (when the special crepe recipe you showed us was just not enough anymore) us American gals are not begging our European flings to put in a good word for us at the immigration offices!  Note to Mr. European Vespalovah, I can NOT get you a greencard so you can come live with your cousin in NYC for goodness sake…

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  1. Steve Shawcross October 3, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    Worry not, I personally wasn’t offended :) I have hide thicker than a rhino, so no need to worry about upsetting me [thumbs up]

    Just to clarify, the purpose of last post was to explain how people may find the term offensive when used too generically: Also why I would advise to consider Europe as a collection of very invidual and different countries– since there is no unifying cultural bond for all of Europe.

    Ironic you should mention PC, because actually political it’s *in*correct to denounce the idea of “Europe” and to be patriotic– being a fervent supporter of the EU is very right-on. So in fact it was I, who was being un-PC ;)

    I do respect your Comments Policy– and I totally agree with it. You should free to able to say what you want on this blog, I definitely have no problems with people being un-PC and not pandering to everyone’s taste– I’m all for individual thought :D

    I do love your blog, I think you’re a bunch of entertaining and engaging writers. Sorry I do come across as obtuse, not my intention; sometimes I think a little of objectivity/explanation can be helfpul, I’d like to think my contribution can be enlightening at times– as well as droll.

    I contribute to your blog, because I enjoy and love it so much! Keep up the good work.

  2. Steve Shawcross October 2, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    Thanks for the response on the Europe question, it was a sincere question– I hope I didn’t get anybody’s dander up– no offence intended :)

    In my defence I didn’t say *all* Americans think that, I was very careful not to put that– — sorry if that appeared to be implied. Nor would I say all Americans would speak in such terms about the other side of the pond.

    I’ve just noticed that many Americans *I know (of)*, speak in terms of Europe– instead talking of individual countries therein– and they frequently do it *in my experience* (I have visited the USA many times): My American friends often innocently try to compare USA with European culture… but there is no single European culture (as Rachel brilliantly points out there’s not really one USA culture either, in many ways either)!

    I was curious as to why, especially since you were talking of European men– in comparison with American women (although your further explanation enlightened me more on that specific topic :) Peacefulyorkshire )

    To me, speaking of Europe in such a ‘casual’ (for want of a better term) can carry implications that Europe is one “homogeneous lump”; I think it can be quite derogatory, since many people have strong national pride in their countries and their cultures. On a side note, it’s worth recalling that there are a number of European countries not in the EU too (they have sense! ;) )

    It’s hard to explain my point really, so excuse the following laboured analogy: It would be a bit like me describing a holiday to the USA, as trip to North America and describing USA folk as North Americans. Or that USA folk ought to be like Cubans or Jamaicans, since you’re all North Americans. I hope you get what I mean [chuckle]

    If Italian men wish to desribe themselves as European, so be it. There is not much affinity with the concept of “Europe” in the UK… we have fought hard over the centuries to retain our indepence from many dreadful European superstates regimes, so forgive us if we are not keen! ;)

    A lot of Brits just see Europe as merely a continent, with whom we have a few footy matches with and a cheesy song-contest– and those are individual countries competing against each other [LOL]

    However the EU is not universally popular across Europe, especially in the UK, where there is decreasing satisfaction with EU– and rightly so in my view.

    The increasing power of the EU, and it’s incremental slide towards a pseudo-democratic superstate is increasingly a hot potato– especially as nation states are gradually being phased out: A lot of people, not just in Britain, aren’t happy that their countries (which have often exist for centuries) are becoming increasingly notional.

    So my heart-felt advice is best not use the term “Europe” unless you are talking about the continent as a whole… otherwise I would you use indiviudal country names where possible.

    Sorry to sound didactic or pedantic, I’m just trying to helpful. The bottom line is a lot of Brits don’t like to be thought of as “European”, and I suspect it’s the same for many of other nationalities elsewhere in the continent these days.

    I know you lovely gals mean no offence, but I could be taken that way. Hope that explains things a bit better :)

    • peacefulyorkshire October 3, 2009 at 12:17 pm

      Dear Mr. Steven Shawcross,

      You have clearly put much thought into your insight and you come across as a very dedicated reader and a deep-thinking individual. I find your reasoning amusing, and I enjoy reading your very strong opinions about the usage of the word ‘European’ and how it offends you as a British male.
      However, in light of your above comments regarding finding offense in our choosing to use the word ‘European’ to lump a group of countries under one umbrella term– well, we must refer you to read our comments policy. You will see that in our blog policies we admit we are not PC, nor do we appeal to everyone’s tastes ( nor will the use of the word ‘European’ on this post be changed on your behalf). We hope you understand our stance in this matter.

      Yours sincerely,

      Ms. Peacefulyorkshire

  3. Rachel September 30, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    Steve, I agree with Peacefulyorkshire. I think we have a good idea of the differences between the stereotypes for each country and have just as much fun as the English in making fun of each. On an opposite and amusing note, I’ve had interesting interactions with my boyfriend’s friends in Norwich in terms of their understanding of American stereotypes. I’m sure it’s similar to Manchester versus York versus (gasp!) Norwich, but a Texas cowgirl is different from a Pacific Northwest hippie granola-type is different from a San Francisco hipster is different from a Midwest corn-huskie, etc. For some reason, most of my boyfriend’s friends though we were all like the characters on the Sopranos — gangsters! Yay for the export of nutty US television (sarcasm intended.)

  4. FriskyTurtle September 30, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    Oh man, I love The Onion!! I also love brash, over-generalizations, umbrella terms, lump statements, etc. I really do. Some Americans also have this tendency to also use the word “Coke” to mean all fizzy drinks, sodas, whathaveyou. We are SOOOO wacky sometimes. Yeah….

  5. Steve Shawcross September 29, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    I think it’s very rude for anyone to say American women are “easy”, how judgemental of that bloke– he should be in hiding– and given a good hiding! :)

    Now I’ve alluded to this before I know, I’m always puzzled and saddened by the way Americans see Europe as one homogeneous cultural lump. I’m genuinely curious as to why Americans do this?

    The USA is one country; Europe is entire continent, made of lots of different countries (thus cultures). It would be like me comparing the UK to the whole of North America; lumping the USA together with Mexico, Jamaica, Cuba, Canada, Dominica etc

    Thus I don’t feel you can’t consider men from European as one ‘breed’: If you think British men are reserved, we have nothing on Finnish. By stark contrast Italian are fiery and passionate. Danish men are jolly and merry, whereas Germen men are very serious. Icelandic men are crazy, whereas Swedish men are formal. The Dutch are renowned for being very ‘exotic’ in their ‘tastes’, whereas Polish are unassuming.

    That’s just scratching the surface! Of course the above is generalising, but it tends to be true in my experience of those nationalities in general.

    • peacefulyorkshire September 30, 2009 at 11:04 am

      Hi Steve,
      I really don’t think that all Americans think of Europe as one big homogenous lump. I would like to know what circumstances have led you to believe that this is the case? In this post, the terminology of using the word “Europe” is just of way of identifying a general location of a collection of countries that call themselves part of the EU. For the purposes of this post it made sense to use the generic “European” as the man in question was Italian. However, I am sure that men from other countries of the EU would also consider themselves to be a European hence just using the term broadly.