In the UK, girls are open with their parents about sex and dating. Girlfriend number three, who came from a conservative family, would often talk about the importance of transparency and honesty, but would lie to her parents about where she was staying, afraid of what they might think of her.

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They weren't all obsessed with fame and fortune, were they?

Was American culture really as shallow as my friends had warned? She was a down-to-earth Midwesterner with ambitions in New York City theater.

I remember one girl I went out with from the UK whose mother knew all of her intimate details.

It was a bit embarrassing when I finally met her, but hey, better be honest than conceal the truth?

They worry more about their appearance, political correctness and how others perceive them.

There is more emphasis on "keeping up appearances," especially on the West Coast where I have been living for the past six months.

She shattered any preconceived notion I had about both actors and American women.

She was the antithesis of the ballerina; insisting she pave her own journey in life, irrespective of who she was with.

On the contrary, British girls have no shame picking kale salad out of their teeth on a date.