While it’s most likely true that very attractive people don’t feel much need to please others, it’s also the case that every woman I’ve known who has slept with an Italian man (and I mean a man born & raised in Italy, not a US citizen whose great-aunt had a friend born somewhere near Lenola) has been greatly disappointed. If it’s any consolation your experience lasted 3 whole minutes; my various women friends have reported between zero minutes (unable to get an erection) and 30 seconds. It appears to be because in Italian culture men believe that sexual intercourse is bad (thanks, Roman Catholic Church) and that any sexual activity summons the spirit of their mother, who naturally begins to grieve for her little boy’s soul. So while Italian men swagger and love the grand romantic gestures, that’s as far as the performance goes.

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