Date: 2018-02-12 14:35
Feminine to the core
One of the basic charms of Greek women is their sensuous feminity. They love to dress in a womanly fashion in striking dresses, skirts and scarves you will not see them often dressed in trousers and pantsuits. The dark eyes and hair of Greek women are typical of their Mediterranean heritage but you can also find many beautiful ladies with eyes that match the color of the blue Aegean Sea or the dark greenery of their islands. However despite their feminity, Greek women do not appear helpless or delicate. Underneath their womanly appearance seems to run a strong undercurrent of passion and sensuousness it is all merely hidden until tapped but the right person and once woken up to love, your shy Greek girlfriend may surprise you with her zest for love and life.
Deserve to be respected
When meeting Greek women it isn’t a good idea to confuse their feminity with weakness. They are extremely hard-working and can practically do anything a man can and sometimes even better. Traditionally though women in Greece have been home-makers, despite some female figures rising to the heights of power in times of antiquity. An essentially patriarchal culture, rural economy together with conservative Greek Orthodox Church required women to get married early, bring up *censored*s and look after the home. Thus women were not really seen in public places and even less as professionals. This led to the typical Greek woman getting less respect than she deserved even though she practically ran the household and brought up all the *censored*ren herself. However things are changing now and Greece has woken up to the need for women’s empowerment.
As more Greek women go to college and join the work force, they believe that they deserve to be given the respect which has eluded them for so long. So if you want to make a good impression on your Greek girlfriend, respect her as an individual who has opinions and choices. By all means you should treat her like a lady with courtly manners and thoughtful gifts but at the same time discuss matters and ask questions which appreciate her brains along with her looks.
Get to know the family
Since Greek families are extremely close knit, expect your Greek girlfriend to be backed up a large family not only including parents and siblings but also grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins. And one of the surest ways to impress her would be to get the family on your side. So the first time you are asked to join them for a Sunday dinner, turn up with a bottle of wine and sincerely appreciate the delicious baklava that has been served in your honor. However there is no need to go overboard with gifts and compliments or else you will come off as insincere. Gradually as the family gets to know you better, get ready to receive invitations to almost all family functions unless you are in the hospital, that includes, weddings, birthdays, baptisms, Sunday dinners, poker games, barbeques, baseball games, vacations and anything else that the family invites you too. Also Greek parents love to visit and even if your girlfriend has her own apartment, she may be playing host to her parents or siblings more often than not. What’s more you can expect “the family” to visit unannounced – even if your girlfriend is not home it does not matter, she will be tracked down and told to come home because they are there waiting for her. But even after putting up with your girlfriend’s family with months, don’t expect them to approve of you as a matter of course. You better keep in mind that according to a Greek mother, no man would be good enough for her daughter. It is not about you specifically but every Greek mother thinks her ‘baby’ is the best and a prospective partner is never who she expected her daughter to marry.
And finally if you still wish to go ahead with your Greek girlfriend, remember that no matter which part of the world you belong to, once you marry a Greek you become one. You will be expected to join all the family’s traditions and customs without a demur. At the same time though, you will also become a member of a large, extended family who will stand by you through good times and bad.