Modern egyptian dating customs

The past 10 months of my life have been the most challenging ones so far.

I know, I know, the quarter-life crisis is never easy!

Most men look forward to marriage because they want wives to love and families to take care of. In my relationship with an Egyptian man, I have never been compromised for being a woman.

Yes, random men can’t control their stares or weird antics to catch my foreign attention, but most men follow a strong morale to appreciate women, although their definitions of such behavior may vary from our Western understandings.

With men being the superior gender in all aspects of life, Egyptian women often face suppression, violence and injustice.

This is a country in which 92 percent of females have had to endure female genital mutilation and is considered to be "the worst Arab state for women."As a foreign visitor in this country, I am spared from family pressures to marry a man I’ve never met and feeling the need to hide my hair underneath a head scarf.

In no part of the world has society been able to eradicate discrimination against women, but Egypt has largely failed to even make attempts to create gender equality.

Whether it’s the Quran or society itself, Egyptian women either don’t have the chance to be ambitious or simply don’t want to.The upper-class females are dressed in brand clothes, style their hair for everyone to see and party every weekend — casual encounters with men included.The upper class, however, is a tiny fraction of the population. Another social class is exposed on the Cairo metro, where two “female-only” compartments protect already heavily dressed women with head scarfs from the stares of men. Nobody in Egypt is required to wear a head scarf, yet the number circulating in society is that 90 percent do so.Many Egyptian women have told me that protection from lustful stares are a factor for their desire to hide a part of their physical beauty, next to the self-evident reasons of obedience toward the religion and their families.With perpetual sexual harassment and abundant stares by men in every public space possible, even I have developed the desire to become invisible at times.

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