It was the latest in long-running series called Father of Four. As the kids grow up, they just replace them with new actors. The oldest sister, who’s about 20, meets a handsome young man with a guitar.What struck me watching the movie was that the male romantic lead was visibly shorter than the female lead. I’ve asked my Danish male friends, and they say they’re reacting to Danish women.Yet you see Danish men and women in parks in the summer, sitting alone on blankets, or in cafes in the winter surrounded by their buddies or girlfriends with their hair carefully gelled, lonely and horny but contemptous of anyone who dares to approach.The icebreaker of course, is alcohol, and I have little doubt that if it vanished from the Earth tomorrow Danes would never reproduce.If you’re a feminist, a Danish man IS your dream man. On our street, there was a very large tree down, and as I was walking by that Saturday, I saw a young couple trying to take part of it home.The small, slender young woman was sawing away at this big tree with an old-fashioned manual saw, while her boyfriend was just standing there, smiling, with his hands in his pockets. Maybe he had a back injury – he was about 25, so maybe had a very youthful back injury.The absence of pressure to fulfill certain gender-based stereotypes fosters a liberal attitude toward sex, dating, and marriage.Denmark ranks among the most “feminine” societies in the world.
Second of all, Denmark is a very non-hierarchal society, very flat structure.
I’d say at least a couple of centimeters shorter, maybe an inch. Danish women, they say, like to do things for themselves. I mean, I come from a culture where men whistle at beautiful women they don’t know walking down the street.
Now, in Hollywood, they’d have that guy standing on a box, to look taller, or have the actress standing in a hole, to look shorter. This means a lot if you’re a foreign woman dating a Danish man. They don’t want some clown opening the door for them, or helping them carry packages. I get a lot of mail from non-Danish women trying to figure out if the Danish man they’re dating is interested in them. When I first moved to Denmark, I thought I’d stopped hearing whistles because I’d aged out of the whistle target group.
They’ll make fun of you; they’ll think you’re desperate. What men want of course, is the same thing that has produced a world population currently approaching 7 billion.
Most women want the same thing, although they’d probably like it to last longer than three minutes.