The night I met George, the epitome of a charming Englishman, I was immediately drawn to him. After a long night out wandering the city with George, he put me into a cab. It hadn't even crossed my mind, but after the aloof coolness of the hipsters who populated my alma mater, Englishmen—with their jokes and their endearing awkwardness and their humor—were a welcome change.
Even though he wasn't stereotypically handsome, he was delightful and quick to make fun of himself—and to tease me: the typical American. Related: When I wrote my college friend Rachel about George, she wrote back: What is with you and English guys?
For UK Black History Month, I talked to eight black men between the ages of 21 and 31 and we explored what it's really like to be black, British, and male.
After our conversation, it was pretty obvious being a black man comes with many different narratives.
They are delighted to be paid attention to," Smith said.
As for American men and English women, though, perhaps they subscribe to contrasting courting rituals.
Smith's data on the flirting behaviors of American men reveals why some may not find success while hitting on an English woman in a bar.