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I was more than curious to know what could go wrong with such a compatible intercultural union. His family did not attend but this was natural in my country; we were two responsible adults and we were in charge of our life-altering decisions.

After marriage, he began changing; suddenly he had hurtful comments about my wardrobe, more hurtful comments about my public demeanor, and … He told me that he loved me but suddenly his love began suffocating me. I asked Sandy about the frequency and the intensity of the jealousy fits and the violence attacks and she told me that it became on daily basis; “the tender loving caring man that I fell in love with disappeared.

The blatant sexual harassment and a lack of equality opened my eyes to the work that still needs to be done in Egypt to become a comfortable living space for women.

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.

I translated his proposal as the epitome of love and I gladly accepted.”I listened to Sandy and I knew exactly how she felt when she first met “her hero”.

Even the girls who were spared the marriage disaster still enjoyed a rough ride on the dating arena.Sandy told me that her countrymen could still bully their women and that they were far from perfect, but at least they were honest, straightforward, and took marriage seriously.Like many Egyptian girls, she felt that he cheated his way into her heart and that he tricked her into loving him.His mother hated how I dressed no matter how modest.All my attempts at communication failed but I was heads over heels in love with him to read the warning signs.

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