Dating rituals england
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?
This would be rooted in a sense of comradery and we would all be there for each other through it, on call 24/7.
We wouldn’t spend hours cooking from scratch, we’d go out to eat and sip on cocktails – remember Bridget’s ill-fated parodic ‘blue soup’ and Miranda’s constant calls to her local takeaway?
What was courtship and marriage like for our distant ancestors?
But I cannot tell you how often I hear the same from British women.And yet, the end game for every character turned out to be a conventional, heterosexual relationship.The show, when it finished, saw the lives of Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte neatly tied up with the sort of happy ending that you don’t always get in life.On this side of the pond we had Bridget Jones who seemed to be suggesting that the state of affairs would be considerably less than glam, although, still pretty exciting for a suburban teenager trying to imagine life beyond drinking too many Archers and lemonades and getting off with the same boy, again.What seemed certain based on what I was watching was that early adult life would be marked, definitively, by some kind of ‘singles’ or ‘dating’ culture.