I was struck by the contrast of rural and urban Morocco.I said to Maroc Baba “can you imagine how hard the transition from life out here is to life in Marrakech, then imagine what it would be like to live here your entire life and get on a plane to the US! There is a completely different subset of cultural rules and obligations. It’s not uncommon to hear of men asking their wives to change this or that to be “better.” If your partner asks you this, be prepared to stand up for yourself.
I know yet others whose relationships fit the stereotype.
Many international degrees are only partially transferable or not at all. A few weeks ago we took a trip to a village in the middle of the Atlas Mountains.
We went through tiny villages some of which jogged my memory to conversations I’ve had with women “dating” men in Morocco.
It’s also a requirement that Muslim men care for their families financially.
Even if the wife works outside the home, the money earned is hers and hers alone – it does not have to be used to provide for the family.