Pretty much every time I’ve been attracted to someone I’m the one who buys the guy a drink or go over to him to chat him up. Maybe as a consequence the Icelandic men aren’t really the best at hitting on women and hardly ever give women compliments (although I think they might be getting better at it in recent years).And because the nation has such an equal approach to men and women this is considered completely normal. Living abroad and traveling has shown me that’s not the case elsewhere.Apparently my Icelandic friend was annoyed about some guy she had slept with and wanted to sleep with again but hadn’t heard from, then some guy walked past us and she pointed out and said: “That’s him!”Now, I don’t remember this particular incident, probably because it’s just one of those normal things that happen and I do talk about my sex life (or lack of!I have noticed that perceptions of sex and nudity in Iceland are a bit odd to some people.
I personally think it’s a positive thing that we like sex and are not afraid to talk about it and don’t freak out about public nudity.Men here are most of the time very insecure or afraid of women that are strong, confident and in charge – but a few of them love it and completely embrace it.I’ve sometimes been called ‘unfeminine’ for things such as being able to crack open a beer bottle with a lighter and then drinking a pint instead of some ‘more feminine drink’, such as a glass of wine.And it just gave the wrong impression to foreigners.(I just read a great article from Grapevine – great newspaper in English about everything that happens in Iceland - about this – that also points out that the average age of Icelanders to start having sex is the lowest in the world and that a high percentage owns sex toys and are likely to bring them to bed).