The first time, an adequate distance (arms length or so) must be considered for both men and women, otherwise it will be impolite.
Venezuelans consider eye contact as a way of expressing a high level of interest in what someone is saying.
Most Venezuelans are very eager to debate the country’s political and economic situation.
However, given the high level of social polarization, visitors should approach the subject delicately and refrain from expressing explicit opinions until they are familiar with their host’s stand on the issue.
However, in Venezuelan society such nicknames are considered to be terms of endearment and should not be taken personally.