(asked by Julie from Florida)
Is it normal for two Frenchmen to walk around in their tighty-whiteys in the hostel room they share with two American girls theyâ€™ve never met before?
Julie, I didnâ€™t know you were such a prude. Just kidding. (Yes I need to come clean here. I personally know Julie. And yes, Iâ€™m both flattered and highly disturbed by the fact that now Iâ€™m even getting questions from people I know)
Ok, I think weâ€™re facing two phenomenons bundled into one here.
First, yes, indeed, French people, both men and women are less prudish than Americans are and walking around in your underwear in certain situations is not a big deal for most French people, especially when theyâ€™re in their 20′s (they are more self-conscious younger, and they become again older - or not…) And being in their hostel room applies to “certain situations” regardless of whether they share said room or not.
The other thing is that those two Frenchmen shared their rooms with two (pretty) American girls, and we may not exclude two things here:
- Either they know that behavior could shock American girls and they totally did it for shock value, finding the whole thing hilarious (and while itâ€™s not the smartest thing to do, Iâ€™m not one to throw the first stone at somebody making fun of Americans out of their comfort zone while abroad).
- Or, they were not very savvy guys and they assumed that it could be an efficient method to pick up the girls they were sharing a room with. Yes, some Frenchmen are lame this way, so lame actually that I wonder how they donâ€™t finish their days single and alone (I guess some women like that type of lameness).
If anybody has any other theory…
And you, do you walk around in your underwear when youâ€™re around strangers? Especially foreign strangers?