Mexicans have one of the most interesting dating rituals in the world. A non-Mexican wanting to date a Mexican must understand the characteristics of Mexican dating style and the roles men and women play in dating rituals. Below are some information that might help you if you’re dating a Mexican.
Mexican men take the initiative
Generally, it’s the men who take the initiative when selecting a partner. Women aren’t expected to take the first move, even in selecting a dancing partner. In the Mexican culture, the women’s role is to wait until the men invite them to go out. This norm is specifically true in the conservative provinces of Mexico.
Mexican men are romantic
Mexican men are expected to be romantic and polite during the courtship period. Small things such as letting the woman enter to a place first or opening the car´s door for her are still practiced in Mexican society. While men usually don´t do these chivalric acts, they gain extra points if they do.
One of the most common practices is the serenata, where a man goes out to the woman’s house at night with a mariachi or a guitarist and serenades her. The guy then sings to his potential partner’s window until the woman comes out. The woman won’t come out if she doesn´t like the guy. A family who doesn’t like the suitor could even throw water at him to shoo him away.
Mexican men pay the bill
Just like Americans, Mexican men are expected to give the women flowers, teddy bears, chocolates, and other presents to win their hearts. However, be careful if you’re taking a woman out to dinner. In Mexico, it’s the men who pay the bill, even if the woman insists on paying. Taking her out to dinner and asking her to pay half of the bill is definitely a no-no.
Moderated jealousy makes many Mexican women feel loved
Usually, a Mexican woman feels appreciated and loved when her suitor wants to know where she’s going or what she’s doing all the time. In America and other Western cultures, dating doesn’t involve informing about each other’s activities.
Mexican women are conservative
Mexican women are largely conservative. They don’t allow sexual advances during the first few weeks or even months of dating. Many women don’t engage in sex without having a serious commitment. A man risks to be dump if he pressures the woman early in the relationship. Again, this specially holds true for people in the province and for young and inexperienced women.