It can be fun whether you’re single or taken, but can be tricky for those of us whose relationship statuses aren’t so clearly defined.If you’re casually seeing someone, Valentine’s Day can get awkward.But I would never do that to my Dad who would be very upset if I did. When I meet a man and I am without my husband, I’ll place within the first minutes of the conversation that “my husband blablabla… That usually is enough to make my state of mind really clear.I did the same thing as a girl, talking about my boyfriend (actually existing or not) early on in the conversation. And some people are just not faithful, but contrary to popular opinion, it’s not worse in France than anywhere else (and several studies demonstrate it). It’s in our genes and it’s socially accepted in France. No one knows what he or she is doing, everyone hooks up with everyone and a lot of the time you have absolutely no idea where you stand with a “romantic” partner.Arguably the most complicated of all, however, are hookups.Participating in today's hook-up culture is easy and fun, but is it getting our generation anywhere? What thwarts me the most about the hook-up culture is the excessively nonchalant attitudes we all seem to deal with when it comes to someone we're interested in.
Olivier trusts me, and we both trust our friend(s), who would never make a pass at me.I guess it’s much more accepted in France for men and women to be friends.However, if a woman is dining with a man, you can bet he will pick up the check. I usually trick them by asking to be excused (as if I was going to the lady’s room, grab the waiter and give him my credit card).Since you’re not actually dating the person, it’s way scarier to say how you feel and thereby get what you want out of the relationship.Even asking when the last time the sheets were washed – something you want to know – can seem intimidating.I guess it's no longer the norm to have even a hint of old-fashioned flavor to your courtship.