Dating in latin american culture

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He was sweet; his suit looked a bit too big for him, and I immediately thought of the quintessential photos you see of male Latino pensioners. “Mi princesssa…” he hissed with a wide grin, turning his wrinkled and liver-spotted neck to keep his gaze on me as I picked up my pace.

My head was swimming as I marched along the street, thinking disgustedly about how many grandchildren he probably had.

After just three weeks of living in South America, I was walking through the streets of Cuenca, Ecuador, by myself.

The stooped figure of a man in his seventies was approaching slowly, walking stick in hand, and I began to smile even before we passed each other.

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In India, I was respectful to the point of deference, because I knew how important the act of covering a woman’s shoulders, cleavage and knees was to the local culture. I can easily say I’m probably more self-conscious than most women.

I often feel people’s eyes on me – or rather, I continually notice where the people around me are looking – and I knew that I was often being stared at.

But a female traveller will also face prejudice around the world, in the form of sexism and discrimination, misogyny and objectification.

She will have to deal with the resulting fears that may arise. Should she actively alter her behaviour, or her style of dress?

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