This undoubtedly says more about the type of men I go for than it does about North American blokes as a whole.
But I cannot tell you how often I hear the same from British women.
Both drinking and violence are the core reasons why there are 106 boys to 100 girls at birth in Russia, and only 86 males to 100 females in the total population.
“If he hits you, that means he loves you,” quotes Diana her mother’s saying, the old-fashioned Slavic belief, which is the reason why domestic violence in Russia is still widely underreported — as well as most other forms of physical assault, making it a “norm” rather than a crime.
) Diana Bruk is a young American woman who was born in Russia and moved to the Big Apple at the age of 5 with her family.
“I love (and hate) dating Russian men“, states Diana, and then goes on to explain why.
Whereas Russians are fairly old fashioned, men deploy “Noozhy” a form of woo-ing which translates as hand kissing, handbag carrying, and flower giving.
British men get a lot of flack for their dating habits, but I think their laid-back style makes them (perhaps unwittingly) amongst the best seducers in the world. I prefer a love story about a silly, spontaneous meeting, a burned dinner, or a few-drinks-too-many confession of love over the incessant game-playing you'll find elsewhere.
Hollywood would have us believe that they are romantic, misunderstood and - even if we leave them for another man - likely to move to Tennessee and build us a house on a lake with blue shutters and await our return.
But how do daters in the UK actually differ from daters in the US?