The French attitude toward marital infidelity has been colored by a very long history reaching back into the Middle Ages, when marriage was not an affair of the heart, but a matter of family alliances and property.In fact, the "invention of romantic love" in the 12th century was predicated upon the belief that love was not to be expected in marriage -- for a variety of reasons -- and could be found only in non-marital relations.I wrote in my book, Your book includes the story of Abelard, a Catholic monk and scholar, who literally lost his manhood because of impregnating Heloise, a 17-year-old girl, who was half his age and the niece of a powerful church bishop.
Statistically speaking, it is probably true that erotic relationships for women involve their emotions as well as their sexual appetites to a greater extent than is the case for men.
Just read the letters of Héloïse to Abélard where she accuses him of having experienced lust rather than love.
Whether or not either of you abides by that is another argument entirely.
What this means for you: Culture isn’t always an excuse.
Even if your man comes from a country associated with romance and love, that doesn’t mean he loves learning about other dating cultures.
Luckily you do; otherwise you wouldn’t be here, right?
Morality proves to be a weak opponent when confronted with erotic love." Where do the French draw the line between erotic love and irresponsible behavior?
This is a very good question, and probably unanswerable.
Their dates aren’t always one-on-one; expect a good amount of those calls I mentioned (especially at first) to include the company of some friends. In the UK and US it’s not uncommon to date a couple of people at the same time and get to know them before you decide if you want to pursue a serious relationship with one of them and get rid of the rest. During this “get to know you” period, you may kiss one or more of your suitors just to test the waters or move things past the “just friends” label.