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Roger Smith

Don't Believe What They Say About American Men

Our Swedish kitten, Ann-Margret "The Animal" Olsson, will be 26 this year, and she's still single.

In the U.S. everyone believes that the number one man in her life is a handsome actor named Roger Smith. Gossip columnists all wonder, when will they get married? If you ask Ann-Margret the same question, her happy green eyes become serious.

"What with all my filming, how could I think about marriage now? What kind of wife would I be? You know marriage is a little bit more than a nice dress, a dozen roses and someone to hold your hand".

Next we talked about American men and the myth that they all put their wives on a piedestal, they are being bullied, running after rich, wealthy American women with loads of money.

"Many American women add their fare share to the household, work at the office during the day, then run the home at nights. They also know, that many marriages end with divorce. It's not like in latin countries, where a woman is guaranteed marriage for the rest of her life. There are more women than men in the U.S. – it's said that in Los Angeles there are 7 times more women than men. And would you believe it, every time I open a magazine, there's an article about a woman being responsible for her husband's heart troubles, financial or sexual problems!"

"When I look around, I see the 'typical American marriage', where the husband always spoils his wife, and she demands very little. It just exists in the comics. And the TV shows! An American man, just like a European man, expects his wife to keep a household, raise the children, get a job if necessary... and at the same time make it look like she's the ideal wife!"

"So the day I get married, I'll be fully aware of what it means, and that much will depend on me. I think that if a marriage is happy or not, is mostly down to the woman. If that's fair or unfair... anyway, we should all realize it before the wedding. And right now I don't think I could do that".

A photographer appears. Ann-Margret raises her chin, lower her eye lashes, arranges her hair, and throws her arms around her co-star in 'The Swinger', Tony Franciosa. She shows us the movie star without serious thoughts in her head, because if you are a sex symbol, you are just that, and you hide the fact that there's a functioning brain behind the kitten and her seductive appearance.

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By Ruth M. Bengtsson.

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