The Divergence

When you talk to women from other countries, non-American women that is, you realize how different from a lot of the rest of the world American women are. By comparison American women are very cloistered, wound extremely tight, on their guard and absurdly paranoid in ways that women from much more patriarchal societies even just are not.

Why is that, I wonder? What causes this huge divergence? The reason I’m asking is that I’ve been talking for a while now with a woman from Turkey and she is really different (like other such women I’ve met in the past) than most American women in really refreshing ways.

My point is not to criticize how American women are so much as to understand the vast difference and how it developed because I have to admit I can’t make sense of it.