Tired of your lady's complaints? She'd have it much worse overseas. The next time your woman busts out the following common relationship complaints, whip out this handy guide and remind her exactly how good she has it!
- You never do any housework. -- In rural Albania, men are forbidden from doing household chores because lifting a finger is seen as a sign of weakness. An Albanian lady's "chores" can include strenuous labor, such as lugging enormous bales of hay from one paddock to another while her man stands around and smokes.
- You don't understand my cycle. -- Women toiling in Mexico's export-driven maquiladora factories can be subject to spot pregnancy checks, with some employers going as far as to inspect ladies' sanitary napkins for evidence. Despite lawsuits from human-rights watchdogs, Mexican authorities have claimed that the practice is legal.
- You're scared of commitment. -- Thanks to a cunning interpretation of an Islamic law, Syrian men can divorce their wives by muttering "I divorce you" three times. By contrast, a woman has to go to court, a process that can take up to five years. In that time, her husband may have already bagged several more wives.
- You're obsessed with my past. -- In Turkey, unmarried women are pressured to take virginity tests at the behest of their meddlesome parents. A woman who fails may find herself abandoned by her family and the invasive exam can even be ordered after death. The nation's men, meanwhile, wield their beef kabobs with impunity.
- You don't support my career. -- A 1996 Russian law restricts women from entering 400 professions "inconsistent with femininity." Those industries include building, crane operation and working in tunnels. Women who had labored loyally without complaint during Soviet times found themselves jobless overnight.
- You never let me drive. -- Before 1990, it was merely socially unacceptable for women to drive in Saudi Arabia. Then, after 50 women protested the custom by taking a spin through the capital Riyadh, the Grand Mufti outlawed lady driving altogether. The protesters were detained and many of them lost their jobs.
- You stifle my ambitions. -- Acting "in the interests of the household," Cameroon passed a law in June 1998 requiring women to obtain their husband's permission before seeking a job in a trade other than his. Sexist nonsense? Ask J.Lo what happens when you're more successful than your man.