Many expats living in the Netherlands look at the Dutch, and probably think that they are a strange people.
However, one thing about the Dutch really does seem to stand out. And that is the fact that in many Dutch houses the curtains remain open when it gets dark. I remember my Indian mother-in-law wanting to go for a walk every evening when she was staying with us, because she really enjoyed peeking into everyone’s living room. It was a good way to observe how the Dutch live and what keeps them busy during the evening.
But why is this? Why do most Dutch not close their curtains in the evening? And why is it that the Dutch themselves think that something fishy is going on when the inhabitants of a house do close its curtains?
The answer can be found in one aspect of Dutch culture, called Femininity.