In Brazil, they don't have seduction, they just have sex, and are
laid back about it in a way many uptight Englanders might find
In Sweden, they don't have seduction either. Any sex that may occur usually happens during a discussion on Third World debt, or the ozone layer, or something equally mind-broadening. Any attempt to seduce a Swede will result in a patronizing lecture on safe sex.
In Singapore, they don't have seduction either. Ordinary people live in towering government-built apartment blocks, most of which have a social committee which receives funding from Singapore's government to throw parties to get the socially inept technocrats to socialize and marry and have children to make more Chinese than Malays and
South of Harlem and north of downtown Manhattan, and either side of
midtown, is where the rich whites live, and where half the people are
too busy to even think about something as frivolous as romance, while
the other half are too busy seeing their shrinks because they can't
find romance. Anyone they do meet faces a barrage of questions about
their career paths, medical insurance plans, and past drug and divorce
People who live in Connecticut and upstate New York, who commute to Manhattan every day (so-called "mainline snobs" because they never use the subway) seduce each other on the train home, where they scope each other out on the train for a few days, then strike up a conversation a couple of minutes before one of them gets off (so that if the other person is an asshole, the conversation will shortly end anyway) and arrange a lunch date back in Manhattan. This ensures that rich professional mainline snobs mix with other rich professionals.
Near (but not in) Washington D.C., in the neighboring suburbs in
Maryland and across the river in Virginia, the first thing single
people talk about having met an attractive potential partner is
politics. Tax-and-spend liberals won't go out with Dickensian
conservatives, gun nuts won't touch screaming heart civil
libertarians, lobbyists for oil companies won't date lobbyists for
clean air, and all the fine shades of political opinion are more
important than opinions about anything else, physical attractiveness,
intellectual prowess, and personality.
In Germany, people can talk about their emotions up-front and
SCENE - Frankfurt-am-Main, GermanyHelmut: So Hans, how is Helga these days?
Hans: Helga says that unless I stop sleeping around and spend
more time at home, she's going to leave me and contest
custody of the kids.
Helmut: I think Helga has a point - if you really loved her, you wouldn't pay for Eva's flat.
Hans: The first few years with Helga were great, but I really
don't love her any more.
People from other cultures find this Teutonic efficiency a little bloodless and dehumanized, as if they discuss their emotions like they discuss their shopping list, or desired options in their new Opel.
In most of Australia, people are afraid to say what they think, for
fear of offending someone else and for someone else hurting them.
Instead, they talk about safe trivialities.
SCENE - Kensington, NSWWarren: So Harry, how is Janet these days?
Harry: She's been very strange lately. [Tense]
Warren: Oh? [Nervous tone of voice]
Warren: [Changing the subject] How's the new Falcon?
Harry: It's alright, but typical Australian-made stuff....
Foreigners are shocked to find that the only way to seduce an
Australian is to pretend to be almost completely disinterested. Any
show of romantic interest will cause the non-risk-taking Australian
to go scurrying of to their friends for security. Any effort to be
warm, caring, and supportive to an Australian woman will cause her to
reciprocate only because she thinks you must be gay, and thus free of