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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.My husband is very out-going and friendly to everyone.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.This post is my little attempt at clearing up some of the misconceptions regarding the Arab/American marriages.Perhaps I should clarify a bit; my husband is not only an Arab, but he’s a bedoin (desert) Arab.
His English is perfect, he’s been to America and fully understands our mentality, culture, and politics.Many people have asked me what it’s like being an American woman married to an Arab man.Some even ‘warned’ me before making the decision to get married.In his culture men have an obligation to truly take care of their wives.He’s responsible for all the bills and monthly obligations while providing me anything I want without hesitation — even if it means he goes without. My opinion matters and he always asks what I think or how I feel.
He can comfortably spend his Winter in a desert tent, cooking fresh meat over fahem, and brushing his teeth with a miswak. While I’m watching the Arab Ramadan shows, he’s fully invested in an episode of Daily Show or Colbert.