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In this post I explore the general cultural backdrop of the dating scene in Poland. Having only lived in two other countries other than the US, this post will be limited in the scope of its observations. I wish I had the chance to live in at least one modern Western country other than the US to draw some true parallels. Warsaw has a huge expat population and with an increasing number of international companies setting up shop in Poland, it will continue to grow. They are seeing foreign-raised Poles that are returning home, much like I did, to scope out the scene and the opportunities.
More Poles than ever before are traveling and living abroad. When they return home, for better or worse, they bring with them the cultural ideas and influences they have picked up abroad. Poland is racing to modernize itself and change is in the air. Construction is occurring in every corner of Warsaw, Krakow, and other major cities.
Efforts are being made to use EU assistance to improve Poland in a multitude of ways, such as in their treatment of women in the workplace, workplace rights, infrastructure, rights and assistance for the disabled, education, and medical care.
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Poland looks to the West and it is becoming modern. But though change is in the air, only so much change can happen in twenty years. It took me a while to put my finger on the issues when I first moved there and longer to understand aspects of the Polish mentality. I assumed, like others with my background have done, that having grown up in a Polish household, I reasonably knew what to expect, culture-wise, when I moved to Poland.
Well, that was a big mistake. One of the things I embrace about American culture is the culture of feminism. American women have fought the good fight, and continue to do so, to gain equality and acceptance in every aspect of life.
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From work place rights, diminishing wage gaps, the right of choice and contraception, the rights to equal treatment, sexual rights, the right to not be abused and raped, and financial rights. So you can imagine the unpleasant shock I got when I moved to Poland in terms of how women are treated. Poland is very traditional. Poland is very Catholic. Poland is like stepping back into the s in the US. Poland is a land with outlawed abortions, poor sexual education, and limited contraceptive use.
Poland still asks women if they are married or planning on having children when women are interviewed for jobs, so that companies can weed out undesirables. In Poland, the issue of fertility treatments is still being debated, with threats from the church being mailed to the government as late as In Poland, men are trained to think of women as the weaker sex. They have fancy manners which I love when it comes to opening doors, standing when a woman comes into the room, offering her a seat on the bus and all that good stuff.
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I have to admit that I, personally, love these types of manners. Polish men are raised to be the strong silent type to the nth degree. They consider themselves to be providers, heads of the family, leaders in their relationships. Polish men are hard.
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In all fairness, not all Polish men are like this. I met plenty that I respected, that I thought were not just good human beings but also good men.
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