The Habits Of Woman
“These results are the first instance of marked differences between European and American respondents, which produce some interesting contrasts. Virtually all American women surveyed examined their used tampons, played with their breasts, took off their bras immediately upon getting home, and lingered in a towel long after getting out of the shower. But while a majority of European women said the same, their response rates were far lower in every case.
While some of these trans-Atlantic differences are difficult to explain, there may be a good reason Americans are more likely to shed their bras at the earliest opportunity. Some fashionistas have observed that European undergarments tend to emphasise comfort more than equivalent items in the U.S.
In the realm of self-care, there was more consensus among women on both continents about the beauty shortcuts they sometimes took. More than two-thirds of women used a ponytail or bun to obscure dirty hair, while roughly 3 in 4 shaved their legs only in visible areas. More than half of European and American women also described smelling their private areas to assess cleanliness.”
The more pronounced differences between European and American woman seem to be that woman in the New World find taking off their bra as a good reason not to leave the house. Same.
That 44% of European woman using dry shampoo (compared to American woman’s 38%) hints at more liberal attitudes to personal hygiene.