Let’s spend a minute on the “French women” topic, as I’ve already received several emails on it. As to why American women seem so fixated on French women, reader Dotty says “It’s because they seem to have everything American women want.” Reader Trisha says “It’s because they have a certain mystique, an allure.”
Interesting. Interesting because American women — or at least some American women — seem to spend a fair amount of time thinking about French women. I find that odd because, speaking for American men, we don’t spend much time thinking about French women per se (or French men for that matter). So why the desire to imitate them? It’s not as though American men are routinely pushing off for France in search of dates.
If I had to think hard about it I’d say that if French women have any special allure for American men, it’s that they seem to have a very clear picture of men and what they want. They seem to have an innate comprehension of the fact that ultimately we’re quite simple creatures with few real demands. We want only two things: a.) to eat well and, b.) to have unrestricted access to live sports on television. Most of the rest of life we greet on a take-or-leave basis.
But really, that’s about all I can think of. As I said, most men don’t think about the French any more that they think about, say, the Chinese. Unless you’re a baking and pastry blogger of course, then you think about both the French and the Austro-Hungarians quite a bit (but, you know, in an academic sort of sense). You also regret that you’ve let your high school French go the way you have. Sigh.