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"Typical American woman"

I don't know how foreigners perceive the "typical American woman." However, three times this week, I have been called this.

Stereotypes - they are very damaging in many cases, and must be quashed. We are all influenced by stereotypes on some level, but I really try to erase them from memory when traveling, forming impressions based only on pure experience. Most recently, I can say it about Georgia - where everyone warned me about all kinds of things, when in reality I encountered almost none of the horrors mentioned. In the end, we are responsible for the company we keep. You have the choice to surround yourself with good, positive and uplifting...or, you can run wild with the animals in the zoo.

Most people using this phrase - "typical American woman" have never even met, or had any real experience with an American woman. Therein lies the problem...that is all I really want to say for today. :)

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moskitow
Dec. 15th, 2016 02:36 pm (UTC)
"Most people using this phrase - "typical American woman" have never even met, or had any real experience with an American woman."
I would add that most of them won't even have a chance to have this experience :)
In 15 years living here I became "a typical American woman"(at least I hope so) but with a Russian accent.
For me the term means: self-sufficient, active woman who doesn't put up with b.s. All the rest - just deviations.
peacetraveler22
Dec. 15th, 2016 02:45 pm (UTC)
I don't think they want the chance to meet us...:) Self-sufficient women - probably they can be found all over the world. The difference is in how society perceives them. In American culture, it is just ordinary...in others, it is viewed as strange or radical. I can't imagine any other way honestly. It's like a prison to be totally dependent on another for basic life necessities like money, food, heat. It's an open invitation for manipulative behavior in my view.
wwweekend
Dec. 15th, 2016 02:47 pm (UTC)
Independent, responsible and positive... just what they do not like about women :)
peacetraveler22
Dec. 15th, 2016 02:51 pm (UTC)
Who wants to be with a person who isn't positive? Never understood this...it's so exhausting to be around a constant pessimist, whiner, complainer. There's enough negative energy in the world already, I don't want to be surrounded by it with my boyfriend or partner. Only a weak man is threatened by an independent woman, and the reason is simple. They are much harder to control. :)

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Maks J-Fry
Dec. 15th, 2016 03:00 pm (UTC)
This particular woman I always considered as typical american one: https://youtu.be/KqTXc5grgBg

Middle-aged, slightly overweight, expressive, doesn't have kids, likes talking about sex stuff. I don't know if she is really typical or not. The funny thing she is from Canada but I think there's no big difference.
peacetraveler22
Dec. 15th, 2016 03:10 pm (UTC)
She is very expressive, with exaggerated facial movements. I would not say this is typical. :)) Tons of American women are still having kids, don't worry. Why do you think American women like to talk about sex? Many are still uptight about such issues...again, it is dependent on personality, not the country from which you originate. I'm sure there are plenty of females in Russia who openly talk about sex and/or their physical desires and needs.

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yacc11
Dec. 15th, 2016 03:00 pm (UTC)
Ha-ha - I had a chance to see "typical american woman". :)))
But mosty I can only say something about the exterior and a little bit about the public behaviour.
And to be honest: there are strong differences in style for white/african-origin/hispanic-orgin women :)))
I would rather suppose that "self-sufficient / independent / responsible" are rather stereotypes based on media :)))

And by the way - you look like typical white american woman in terms of the exterior :)))
peacetraveler22
Dec. 15th, 2016 03:06 pm (UTC)
What about public behavior is different from your view? Of course, there are some similarities in groups, dependent on country. I do not deny this, but always believe it is just better to judge each individual person based on their own actions - not to ignore, disregard or immediately be skeptical based on some stereotypes about which you've read or heard.
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bruce_drillis
Dec. 15th, 2016 03:01 pm (UTC)
Don't know about stereotypes but when I see or hear "American woman" suddenly Lenny Kravitz starting to sing in my head :)
peacetraveler22
Dec. 15th, 2016 03:03 pm (UTC)
Oh, yeah. Great song! I love Lenny! :)
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modest_so_zvezd
Dec. 15th, 2016 04:07 pm (UTC)

Do you love Georgia more then Russia?

peacetraveler22
Dec. 15th, 2016 04:08 pm (UTC)
They are just completely different on many levels. But, yes, I like Georgia better than Russia from a travel/adventure perspective.
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phantom_zapad
Dec. 15th, 2016 04:20 pm (UTC)
A typical American woman is a woman we know nothing about though try to pretend we do (:
peacetraveler22
Dec. 15th, 2016 05:03 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, you're right.
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Dec. 15th, 2016 04:35 pm (UTC)
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seadevil001
Dec. 15th, 2016 04:41 pm (UTC)
Yeah, US is so different in different parts of it. Who is the typical American, I ask? A Yappy from the Manhattan? Yankee from the New Hampshire? Iowan with roots in the Holland? Californian from the Pacific islands? It all stupid generalizations....
peacetraveler22
Dec. 15th, 2016 05:02 pm (UTC)
Exactly! Succinctly said. :)
sasha_severny
Dec. 15th, 2016 04:53 pm (UTC)
I like this kind of American women. If an American woman doesn't look like this, she's not American but a foreigner.

peacetraveler22
Dec. 15th, 2016 04:58 pm (UTC)
They're lovely! I suppose it's an added bonus if they also feed you grapes? :)
cangoose_si
Dec. 15th, 2016 04:57 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear that this Georgia trip of yours went well.
peacetraveler22
Dec. 15th, 2016 04:59 pm (UTC)
It was a great adventure! I already wrote several reports about the expedition. More to follow...
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sasha_severny
Dec. 15th, 2016 05:16 pm (UTC)
It's a lie. Being a foreigner you simply didn't get that those nice American women were self-sufficient and bitches least of all.

merinainen
Dec. 15th, 2016 05:09 pm (UTC)
All American women I met were easy-going in communication and more vivid than Russians. Is it a stereotype?:))
peacetraveler22
Dec. 15th, 2016 10:23 pm (UTC)
In America, we have this thing called "small talk", where we have simple dialogue even with strangers. So, it is just that most American women are more trained at speaking to random people. I think it's an easy way to explain why many American females have this attribute, which I think is a positive. :)
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zorra_africa
Dec. 15th, 2016 05:11 pm (UTC)
I guess the word "American" doesn't matter much in that construction. People who say "All the **** are like that" never met all the people they're talking about. There is no research in the world that would be able to evaluate the behavior of the whole group (women, gay people, Americans, meat lovers, nurses) Some people understand that, but others only feel safe when they're sure about smth, and new information makes thev totally unhappy, because in this case they have to think a lot, which is very annoying=)
peacetraveler22
Dec. 15th, 2016 05:12 pm (UTC)
That's right! Perfect observation. Some don't like to flex their brain too often, requires too much time and effort.

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irisha8787
Dec. 15th, 2016 05:12 pm (UTC)
a typical American woman (from the city) for me would be like Lorelai from Gilmore Girls: loves to eat, loves to drink alcohol, opinionated, kind of broke, has sex whenever she wants to, likes to "have fun". Has a job, but not very passionate about it.

a_v_volkov
Dec. 15th, 2016 05:26 pm (UTC)
Как эта хуйня в русский топ ЖЖ попала?
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