So men and women really don’t mix in Central Asia.
This girl (an American, blonde, pretty) was working at this NGO. Her coworker was a Westernized Kyrgyz. She had always been a touchy person (like would put hand on arm on men with laughing, that kind of light touchy), but she had kept that reigned in in KZ since that’s not normal here.
One day, she was alone in a room with this guy at the NGO, and he said a joke, and she forgot for a moment where she was, and laughed and put her hand on his upper arm for a second. And guess what he did?
He pulled his pants down.
Like, unzipped. And he was “ready to go” in the physical sense as well. She yelped, and told him, “no no no, sorry that’s not what I meant!” But he kept on walking over, and his pants kept falling down, and at one point, he tripped and fell on his face.
So this is a great example of a cultural difference, where any sort of body touching by a Westerner is seen as an invitation to have sex. My friend described it as a “really bad porn video” (and no, she did not end up sleeping with this Kyrgyz guy).