To gain further insight into the phenomenon that is French romance, and the power women seem to exercise within it, we called author Debra Ollivier for a little heart-to-heart on the subject.The American—who spent a dozen years in France and met and married her (French) husband there—blew our minds.
They don't think in the absolutes of total love and utter rejection. If they made it clear to a guy they're into him, that's it—it ends there.
They don't pick flowers and ponder love with 'He loves me, he loves me not.' Rather they say, 'He loves me a little. If the guy doesn't pick up the baton and run with it, French women are done with him.
It also feeds the sense of not giving a sh*t, because French women don't care if you don't like them, whether you're a girlfriend or you're a guy they're going on a 'date' with. It's not until women get to be 40 or 50 that they're like, 'I don't give a damn,' and then they're really free to be eccentric and totally authentic and do what they want. They don't have a culture of self-help the way we do.
We are constantly bombarded with products that will make us 'better,' and it's kind of oppressive, because there's the underlying idea of 'you're not okay, you could always be doing better.' They don't have that either, so that also takes the edge off pressure that you have to be someone you're not."French women think in nuances, degrees of passion, shades of gray. Not at all.'"f they don't hear back from a guy, they're not going to be constantly texting him and so forth.
Female intuition is a real thing, and it's not easily anticipated.
What most impresses a French woman is when you know before she does that the two of you are going to live a great love story together.
For me, the woman who best embodies this duality is Isabelle Adjani.
It has to do with our origins, a mix of Latin and Celtic.
Cheese can be eaten with friends or with family, but among lovers, it's out of the question.
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