And if you are a woman with a little muscle tone, you are doomed to a dateless future. As one 40-year-old man explained to me, if I want to find a man I have to look less independent. You look too strong and confident." With that bit of information I squared my shoulders even more and walked off. Beware the snare of clever employers that will lose no time in taking advantage of your ignorance of labor laws in Greece.
The problem is, she tends to dominate throughout the duration of her sons marriage as well!
Third, your man of choice should be educated in a foreign country or well-traveled, preferably both.
The Greek woman, however, knows the rules, and the clever ones play the game to their own advantage. First, it is imperative that he NOT still live with his mother.
Second, not only should he not live with his mother, but she should live as far away as possible.
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.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.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.These experiences will broaden his mind so you wont suffer from so much culture clash.