BBC NEWS | Talking Point | Are British men wimps?
British men like Charlie Brooker (swoon) know the sexiness of intelligence. . The way they know exactly what to do in tough moments. When dating a British man, everything goes a bit Notting Hill in the beginning. . British male's, eh, Union Jack, you will notice things might be a bit different compared with what you're used to. So many things can go wrong. As a young, single British guy crossing the Atlantic for a career in the United States, I was extremely curious about the dating life that was in.
I am qualified to write this article because I have experienced both! I absolutely love this about my husband and all British men from what I can see. They have a serious sense of style and they genuinely care about the way they look.
I love the bond my husband has with his best friends. Holding hands in public, maternity photos, engagement photos, elaborate weddings, couples pictures every where, and even just expressing their feelings. They loved being in my selfies, they loved telling me how much I meant to them on a regular basis, they loved holding my hand and giving me a sweet kiss in public, they danced with me in the kitchen; I always felt secure in my relationships. That being said, I love my husband and I know that he loves me more than any of my American exes, but he just shows his love in different ways.
Speaking to my women friends here, they seem to agree that British men are just not the best at expressing their emotions and British politeness means no PDA. This is definitely a hurtle Ads and I have had to cross and we have met half way hence the six month photo shoot I convinced him to do! English men have no problem with, and seem to quite enjoy, getting naked…at any time really but mostly when they get drunk.
How many times have I gotten photos of one of Adams friends bums on a night out? This would be so out of order in America…makes me laugh even thinking about it. I feel like American men always have something to prove. Do you agree with Gwyneth Paltrow's comments? Are British men wimps? Tell us what you think. British men are not wimps, they just don't mess around playing games as much.
Personally I think most guys would just assume our Gwynnie was just too high maintenance to bother with, like many American women I've met. I am in Australia and about to go and pick up my gorgeous Scottish fella from the airport. He is charming, emotionally switched on, good looking and his accent - pardon me while I swoon in a dizzy heap!
I congratulate the men of Britain on having good hair, good humour and a good attitude.
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It's true they have bad teeth but you can't have everything, and at least they understand the sarcastic Aussie sense of humour. I'd rather date a Brit than an American any day! Cathy, Australia My first husband was Canadian, my second is American. I lived in the UK until I was over 30, and although I had lots of British born boyfriends, they all seemed to lack "follow through" when it came to making a commitment. Don't get me wrong, even now I am still friends with men that I was at school with.
Ironically, in at least two cases they have said they wished they had been more aggressive with regard to pursuing me romantically. Perhaps, as in the case of Gwyneth Paltrow, it's just a case of wrong place, wrong time. Don't you think maybe we got enough on our hands with the likes of Geri Halliwell setting a bad example for the upcoming generations of young ladies?
Give us a break!
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We're only rubbish at pulling because we've just had to put up with a generation of selfish ego-centric lager ladettes, all masquerading under the delusion that they are somehow redressing the balance of sexual bigotry. If you really wanted to find out what a real man is like Gwyneth, then all you had to do was ask. A luckless fop, Scotland The British sense of humour - taking the mick out of eachother - tends to make dating more of a game over here.
It's to do with the British not liking to show their emotions as much as say Americans and their pride. Claire, UK Who's going to ask one of the most recognisable people on the earth out? I spent a whole month there and not one asked me on a date, and none of the thousands over here have either I mean, let's face it, who's going to ask one of the most recognisable people on the earth out for dinner?
Not many would have the confidence to do so - so why doesn't she ask them? Did the cat get her tongue? Pete, UK I've read one too many articles from Ms McLaren about the hordes of men who have yet to satisfy her discriminating standards on this side of the Atlantic as well as your end.
So, on behalf of the Canadian public, I apologise for her slanderous characterisations. Talk about not being able to accept constructive criticism. I think Gwyneth is making a valid point about British men and British culture as well. A lot of it is down to lack of guts!
The British mentality is to drink yourself into a state of unconsciousness rather than make the effort to get to know someone properly.
Ray, Scotland I come to the UK almost every year for at least a month since Each time I come I meet at least three men eager to date me.
You see it's the impression a woman leaves in men's minds that attracts them. I don't think I agree with Gwyneth Paltrow.
Something's wrong with her. Ameera Al-Hassan, Kuwait Here's a generalisation for you: All American actresses are stupid, spoiled and prone to generalise about everything.
Glenn Knowles, USA Americans are puzzled by self-effacement Hugh, England Many Americans are puzzled by the very British traits of self-effacement and a quiet inability to take oneself seriously. Americans are supposed to have an easy, proud, confident charm; self-deprecating humour is lost on them. Hugh, England I can't believe her snobbism.
Please stick to dating B grade celebrities. You're not welcome in the real world. Right oh I'm off to catch the bus to me allotment. I think you're extremely fit and well worth a few hours. We'll have a laugh, I'll introduce you to some really good bits of British culture, it'll be fun. You're an absolute honey and I look forward to an evening of laughter, exploration and a bit of a snog too, if you're up for it. I'm on holiday for a couple of weeks, so how about mid September if you can get the flights?
I'll pick you up at Heathrow. Andy, UK Gutted - I was one of the two guys who asked her out - and she said no!! I was hoping it was because of the competition.
Obviously these toffs are looking for a 'gel' just like Nanny and, we all know Gwyneth is totally self-obsessed and bereft of that mothering instinct. Chris, UK I am a woman and feel what Gwyneth has said is quite unfair. The guys I have gone out with over here have been well-mannered and gentlemen in all meanings of the word.
American women are well known for being quite forward and loudmouthed - may be that is what has kept the English men at bay. Mera, Britain If she didn't come across as quite so simpering and stuck up she might have a bit more success Ian, England If she didn't come across as quite so simpering and stuck up she might have a bit more success.
I've gone out with women from a few different countries and American women are by far the most abrasive. It seems that most British guys are like me and tend to steer well clear of them. Ian, England Englishmen have their priorities right enough and it usually starts with football, Friday nights out with mates and then maybe relationships and family may just get a look in after that. Romance I don't think is high on the English gents' list of priorities.
I have certainly seen a difference since living away.
Karen, Perth, Western Australia I think maybe why British men are so lame at asking out women is because when a British woman says no, she'll want everyone to know about it!! Sanj, London, UK I bet if a British bloke said this load of tosh about women of any country, there would be uproar amongst the feminists.
Maybe we should all realise that equal rights mean equal rights. Not just when they suit your gender. No names mentioned, Miss Paltrow. By the way, were you in Coronation Street or something, it is just that I have never heard of you? I have had loads of relationships and only three of those started with me plucking up the courage for weeks on end to ask ladies at work out on a date. Every time I thought they would think I was ugly and laugh at me; but every time they have said "Yes".
The last one was yesterday afternoon.
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I'm still buzzing with excitement now! Adam, Birmingham, UK Oh yes, of course they are. You'd be better off asking some thought-provoking questions for a change. Melanie Torrance, Scotland OK, we don't look good in shorts, with our white, chicken legs BUT I think we're just more chilled out and less in your face about dating. Gwyneth is a lovely girl but she's certainly not my cup of tea and I wouldn't ask her out - my wife will be pleased to hear. Rob Morris, UK In the UK you are laying your dignity on the line Gavin, Switzerland ex-UK I once went out with a girl from NY I'm British and she used to tell me all the time she was going out on dates that night etc - which as a Brit obviously made me insanely jealous - but to her was not very serious.
This is simply a question of language.