Dating and marriage in greece

How shocked I was when a 35-year-old acquaintance whom Ill call Akis informed me that he really doesnt think women are as mentally capable as men. A conversation with a lawyer friend of mine left me even more disappointed.As proof he offered, "There are so many more published male authors than female." My explanation that the discrepancy is owed to the fact that women have only been allowed to publish books relatively recently in comparison with men was petulantly answered with, "Well, no female writer has ever sparked my interest." I wonder if hes read any? This young man whom I believed to be open-minded, with great depth and intelligence, casually explained that for a Greek man there are two kinds of women: the ones that bring out great passion and with whom every man desires a tumultuous love affair, "and the ones that you marry." I twinged inside as I looked at this truly beautiful man, so capable, so full of potential, caught within the vice of the madonna-whore complex. He had his tumultuous affair with an incredibly beautiful and vibrant woman throughout his years at university.There is passion for the feminine, but no real love for the female, admiration for the lady, but contempt for the woman.

Still driven by beliefs of the 19 century, most Greek men take for granted that they have far greater sexual needs than women, thereby excusing their extra-curricular activities.

This is not to say that women in Greece dont ever have affairs, but it is a rarer occurrence, and women must be far more discreet about it, for there is still nothing worse to the Greek man than to be cuckolded. A wife should accept her husbands infidelities with no complaint as long as he is discreet ("thereby showing her respect," Akis explains), but the husband will leave immediately upon learning of even one indiscretion on his wifes part that might make him a fool in the eyes of others.

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Our friend, Akis, for example, maintains that while there is not a chance of his ever being faithful to his wife, he would never forgive his wife one night of passion with another man. These criticisms may seem a bit harsh, but they are not inaccurate.

The average Greek man may be looking for a companion, but he is certainly not looking for an equal partner.

DO NOT marry a Greek man and move into the apartment on the floor above his mother.

Rules 1 and 2 are the most important because it is virtually guaranteed that as the wife of a Greek man, you will despise all mothers-in-law in no time flat.

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