One of the first things women often say to each other when they meet is, "You look good."
It's so common, you've probably never thought about it.
But isn't it kind of strange, that the default pleasantry is to praise a woman's appearance?
I've even found myself doing it, though that messes up the standard response, "Thanks, you look good too."
Men don't great each other that way. Can you imagine it? "Dude, you look really sexy!"
I can't even think of an analog. Men don't start conversations by praising each other. It's more like, "What's up," or if it's a really emotional reunion after one of them has escaped after 10
years being tortured in an enemy prison camp, "It's good to see you."
I wonder if it's an American thing; how do women in more egalitarian societies like Sweden greet each other?