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This was a comment regularly made by people who heard about our relationship. There are a host of things that there was an expectation I would do but the idea that somehow I was subjugated to serve him was a notion that blew me out of the water.

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If this doesn’t sound like a plot straight out of the movies I’m not sure what is. I know this is a real issue but to assume this based on ethnicity is absurd. However, child abductions occur by men (and women) of every race and ethnicity. I’m pretty sure he’s got his hands full with just me.

Being Arabic does not predispose someone to engaging in this type of behavior. Arab Muslim men are permitted to have up to four wives in many countries. In most other countries, including Morocco, the permission of the first wife must be in place before a second marriage can occur, not to mention he must prove he can financially provide for two homes.

That being said, I know my husband would be calling me for backup after about two days of having the kids on his own. If I ever had an inkling this were a remote possibility I would file for divorce.

There is a lot of baggage that comes with marrying an Arab man.

The American reference point for this part of the world is limited to what they see in movies and what is on the news.

Sure there are some Americans who have been to this part of the world but they are few and far between.

The media view of Arab men is less then stellar, so it shouldn’t come as a big surprise that there is a lot of negativity linked to them from the general public.

I really wish I would have kept a notebook with all of the comments I have received over the years.

One of the most surprising facts for many Americans I’ve spoken with is the fact that there are Muslim and Christian Arabs, and that Christian Arabs (shock) use Arabic for their services and in fact use the word Allah for God. These are a few of the other assumptions people have had about my husband (not him as a person but him as an Arab man).

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