One of my best friends told me he made love with his girlfriend and then said ‘I won’t ever marry her—she’s not a virgin’, one 19-year-old female student said.” The percentage of teens, or young single adults who engage in these sort of acts is unknown, but isn’t that the case in most strict religious societies?On the other hand, many Muslims/Arabs believe strongly in the rules because of their strong belief in Islam and God.Arabs believe in arranged marriages, but the son or daughter can suggest a certain someone, so the decision is not solely on the parents’ heads.
It is similar in the Western culture, that when women do something that is considered or viewed as inappropriate or wrong, they lose honor and respect, more than if men did the same thing.
But, in either case, it is more dishonoring to that single person, and not so much to the family.
In Arab culture, these situations are very controlled.
When the women, especially, interact too personally with men in public, it hurts and damages family honor, which is highly favored and carefully maintained in Arab countries.
Singles are more personally responsible for their actions, and not wholly for their entire immediate and extended family.