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Related: Jennifer, 29, an American married to a Londoner, thinks a lot of the initial attraction to Englishmen boils down to the persuasive power of romantic comedies starring Hugh Grant and the irresistible, charming English human weapon known as Jude Law."It's definitely those English romances that make British guys seem so attractive, funny, witty, and proper," she said.
It's certainly true for me and other American women who live by Jane Austen's canon and never miss an episode of Downton Abbey: We're primed to put English men on a pedestal.
The directness with which some American women approach relationships can be refreshing, as well as ego-boosting: "American women will probably pay men a lot more attention than English women, so for English guys, it's great.
They are delighted to be paid attention to," Smith said.
I'd like to think that I did know, but judging by how headfirst I was diving into the relationship, I couldn't have been sure.
He was English, witty, slightly bumbling, and had a crooked smile. He was also part of an emerging pattern: He wasn't the first British guy I'd romantically clicked with. When I first moved to Beijing right after graduating from Brown, I never intended to fall for so many English guys.
This frequent phenomenon, paired with the romantically timid disposition of many English men, works wonders.
"Most British men are terrified of rejection," said Jean Smith, a cultural anthropologist living in London.
Rules, regulations and expensive game tickets changed all that, so you can be sure that every British man watching Fox Sports won’t turn into a baying gorilla as soon as he sees a soccer ball.
Also, many British men love cricket — a complicated game full of rules that looks like a bit like baseball and has some of the same principles — though everyone plays in matching white uniforms and the games last many hours, even days. Despite any talk of today’s Britain being a “classless society,” distinctions and differences assumed about someone’s background, education, job, and bank balance still cloud many people’s judgment there.
Italian men are worse than women and the whole place winds up smelling like their cologne." "I am sorry, but guys at home in France are so annoyingly into themselves. OK, good to know." "American women are not 'easier' than other women, but I would say they are way more comfortable flirting and being sexual than a lot of women in Europe.