Men are actually responsible for a woman — very different than being superior.Not only are they responsible for us financially, but also our emotional well-being.This post is my little attempt at clearing up some of the misconceptions regarding the Arab/American marriages.

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They accept I need a fork to eat my meals and they’ve always accommodated me without making me feel awkward.

I’m never left out of family events and they even go out of their way to embrace things from my culture.

But he also embraces the more positive things about the bedoin culture, such as how women should be treated.

Unfortunately there are a lot of misconceptions about how bedoin men treat their wives, and until you’re married to one, I suggest you don’t assume.

I’ve heard horror stories of cheating, abuse, and outright disrespect.

But this takes place in marriages all over the world — it’s not exclusive to the Arab man. What I do find very interesting and even a bit odd at times are those who stare.

Having a husband like this has taught me to want very little as it’s far more important to me that he lives a stress free life and never goes without anything. I don’t have to ask his ‘permission’ to do anything, nor does he ask mine.

But out of respect for one another we ensure the other is always comfortable.

For a woman to shed a tear and a man be the cause is shameful. Large family gatherings happened once a year during family reunion time and even that came to an abrupt halt when my grandparents died.

Fortunately my husband does fit comfortably into this part of the culture he appears to have left so far behind. The typical Southern Belle raised as an only child in America. I never had to share anything with anyone — even my space.

But we go to the local co-op and people literally stop what they’re doing to stare. I respect that more than the stares, and I think my husband appreciates it more as well.