I’m not even kidding. Hungarians in general have a great and easy solution for every trouble in life: lose weight and find a man. I’m not even kidding. In the country which claims to uphold conservative Christian values, and where kissing couples are more of a common sight than cockroaches in New York City, these two not only go hand in hand, they are essential to life.
A man to a woman means everything. He takes care of her material needs and cements her status in society. A woman is never judged on her merits as much as she will be judged (and accepted or discarded) by the man at her side. The fact that a woman might not have a man by her side is so inconceivable as to be deemed impossible. You’d think it started in high school, and you’d be forgiven for thinking thusly, judging by the many teen couples all over each other. But it already starts in the cradle when parents ask their baby girls “whose sweetheart are you,” the same way Anglo parents might sing their children to sleep.
Interestingly, divorce rates are high, standing at practically 50%. Affairs are also as natural as breathing. France gets a lot of flack for being the land of affairs and mistresses / lovers, but Hungary has France beat by a mile. Hearing of “my boyfriend who was married and cheating on me with another girl” is not uncommon. Neither are middle-aged men with young things, who could practically be their daughters, stashed away in an apartment in another part of the city.
And still, the woes in your private life can somehow magically be alleviated when you bring a man into your life.