“WHY ARE AMERICAN GIRLS SO EASY?”

QUESTION: HOW DID YOU REACT TO THE PERSPECTIVES ON THE UNITED STATES THAT YOU ENCOUNTERED THIS WEEK? WHAT STOOD OUT THE MOST TO YOU? WHY? HOW WILL THAT INFLUENCE YOUR THOUGHTS OR ACTIONS IN THE FUTURE – EITHER HERE OR ABROAD?
“WHY ARE AMERICAN GIRLS SO EASY?”. READING THE QUESTION ALOUD, I WAS TAKEN ABACK BY THE AUDACITY OF THE SCOTTISH MAN. BUT UPON A MOMENTARY REFLECTION, I COULD SEE WHERE HE WAS COMING FROM. AMERICAN MOVIES AND TV-SHOWS DEPICT AMERICAN WOMEN AS MINI-SKIRT LOVERS WHO WEAR HEELS TO HIGH SCHOOL. NOT ONLY THAT BUT SEX ITSELF IS VERY BLATANT IN AMERICAN MEDIA, WHERE WOMEN ARE SEXUALIZED AND VERY OPEN ABOUT PREVIOUSLY TABOO SEXUAL TOPICS. SO, IMMEDIATELY I WAS ABLE TO UNDERSTAND THIS MAN AND FIND HIS QUESTION HUMOUROUS YET I FEEL THAT MANY OTHER PEOPLE IN OUR CLASS DIDN’T FEEL THE SAME WAY, OBVIOUS IN THEIR DEFENSIVE REACTIONS. IN THEIR OFFENDED RATIONALIZATIONS, EVERYONE IN CLASS SEEMED TO WANT TO EXPLAIN THE WHOLESOMELY CULTURAL ERROR THAT THIS SCOTTISH MAN MADE WITH HIS QUESTION. I THINK WHAT SHOULD’VE BEEN TAKEN FROM THIS SCENARIO, AND FROM THE ENTIRE SIMULATION, WAS THAT THERE ARE SO MANY WAYS TO TAKE CERTAIN SITUATIONS- BUT THE BEST WAY TO DO SO IS WITH HUMOUR. BECAUSE WHEN YOU’RE  ABROAD, YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE MAKING ANY ENEMIES. THAT SHOULD BE THE GENERAL RULE OF THUMB WHEN INTERACTING WITH EVERYBODY IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY OR BETTER YET: ANYWHERE YOU GO. YOU NEVER KNOW WHO IS THE NEPHEW OF THE IRISH PRIME MINISTER’S ASSISTANT. GETTING DEFENSIVE ABOUT STEREOTYPES IS POINTLESS AND IT IS MUCHEASIER TO LAUGH IT OFF. WHEN I GO ABROAD NEXT YEAR (HOPEFULLY), I PLAN TO ENGAGE WITH PEOPLE OF THE NATIVE POPULATION IN A WAY THAT ENDS IN THEM WANTING ME BACK THE NEXT YEAR. THE GOAL OF GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT IS TO FOSTER LONG-LASTING RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN MEMBERS OF DIFFERING CULTURES AND THAT GOAL CAN DEFINITELY BE ACHIEVED THROUGH HUMOUR. GORBACHEV DID IT!
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