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Aaaah, Mamacita! Tight jeans, machismo culture and girls wearing too much make up. No one is more sentimental than the Mexicans when they date someone.
Mexicans are amongst the most sentimental people in the world and at least half of their sex education comes from the telenovelas.
“Ay,” They’ll sigh when they fall in love after a couple of hours, “Mi tesoro, mi cielo – te amo tanto!” (‘Oh, my treasure, my heaven – I love you so much!’)
And they’re being quite serious, too. Naturally, it’s easy come, easy go but in the moment they can be quite taken away and speak to their lovers in a species of baby talk. Frankly, it can be quite embarrassing.
Mexican girls are educated to a very strict idea of femininity and are dressed in pink from day one. They wear tight, tight jeans to show off their figures and a bare mid riff is often a compulsory element in their everyday attire. Their mothers drill them on the use of make up from the moment they go to high school and it’s still only women allowed in the kitchen.
Admittedly, things have moved on from 50 years ago when it would be a disgrace for a women to leave the house alone, the home being her nest and domain. Yet for many Mexican women the only ideal is to find a husband to support her. And preferably buy her lots of accessories in the meanwhile.
So when dating Mexican girls you’ll usually be expected to foot the bill, walk on the street side of the sidewalk when you stroll together and to do all the romantic stuff like in the movies. Find somewhere starlit, buy flowers and then say all the things you’d never say back home for fear of breaking down laughing.
In short male travellers should do what Mexican guys do when they want to date foreign women. They arrive with devastating eye contact and a sultry, breathless look; they place one hand on her cheek and say something like:
“I have never seen anyone as beautiful as you in my entire life!”
Mexican guys often don’t quite know what to make of independent Western women and can only fall back on their ingrained machismo. That’s cool if you’re an old-fashioned kind of gal but might be a little tedious otherwise.
You’ll find more freedom of the sexes in places like Mexico City where in the fire of the metropolis attitudes have softened a good deal. But even though there are plenty of liberal, cool Mexicans out there who escape the gender roles the sentimental streak dies hard…
Mexico is more liberal than many other countries in Central America though as the Catholic sense of shame has faded a good deal in the last few decades. It’s no problem for most Mexicans to have a one night stand and still face their family with a clean conscience the next day. There’ll be no shot gun marriage scenarios unless you’re really out in the sticks somewhere.
Learn more about love abroad in the World Sex and Dating Guide