After months on this site, I'm finally asking a question you'd expect from a Turk. Would you date a Turkish girl/guy? This question goes especially to Armenians, Greeks, Cypriots and Australians.
(Note: not every one of us are Muslims or care about religion)
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I am a Greek (and Swiss) - so a little bit your arch enemy haha ;-).
But seriously, I have to say it depends. Because I live in Switzerland, I know tons of Turks, both second and third generation Turks who are very different from the ones living in Turkey, but also first generation Turks who moved here to study or work. I wouldn't date most of the second-generation Turks because they tend to be very conservative. Unlike the foreigners in America, foreigners in Europe don't assimilate as much, they still keep to their culture and language and things like that. I don't find this a bad thing but it can become problematic in some cases, namely when they form very closed-up communities. So not all second generation Turks in Switzerland are "Swissenized" as you might expect but they are actually very traditional thinking and usually religious. What I also don't like about second generation Turks is that many of their parents come from extremely conservative, religious, simple backgrounds. Most of the Turkish "Gastarbeiter" (guest workers, cheap labor force) that came to Switzerland or Germany in the 1960s and 1970s originally come from small, very remote place in the very east of Anatolia. These people still believe that forced marriage is okay and that it is okay to kill your daughter if she has sex before marriage with a guy the father doesn't approve of (and stuff like that). And because these people live in pretty closed-up communities now in Switzerland, their children also tend to think like that. Especially the young Turkish guys can be very macho-ish and patriarchic and I don't like that. But also the girls can be very traditional and religious in a very uncomfortable way.
However, as I said I also know first-generation Turks and they are very different. Because the young people who come to Switzerland for the Master's degree or their doctorate studies are usually very intelligent, well educated people from Istanbul who are very laid back and easy going. I would have no problem with dating one of those girls. In fact, I find many of them both pretty and cool ;-). So basically, if the person is well-educated and comes from a big city (particularly Instanbul or Ankara), I would like to date them. But if they're stuck-up, narrow minded Anatolians - no thanks!
There would be one problem for me in any case though: my Greek grandma. My Greek grandma absolutely hates Turkish people and probably would get a heart attack if I dated a Turkish girl ;-)1