(asked by someone from the US)
I was wondering if you could talk a little bit about friendships with the opposite sex in France, especially in terms of how guys and girls show affection (both physically and verbally) towards each other. Of course, I realize it is difficult to generalize, but would still be interested to know of any stark contrasts you have noticed when comparing this particular aspect of American and French culture.
Can I talk about it?
I’m not sure at all. Simply because more than ever I think there are as many answers as there are individuals on that topic, and it’ll range from people that simply don’t believe that being friend with somebody from the opposite sex is even possible to people that don’t make the slightest difference between their male and their female friends.
Now if I try to compare between France and the US, I’d say that friends that are from both genders may be more common in France, simply because we’re a culture where people mix more, but also because social activities are less “gendered.”
No, really, that’s all I can say about the topic, I saw as many different situations in the US as in France and as in many other Western countries. I don’t think one can draw any general tendency at all.
(of course if you think you can, please do comment)