The continuing carnage that exists in North Africa and the Middle East is never attributed to the lack of romance, intimacy and solid relationships with women (we won't be covering the LGBT community members as they are widely persecuted in this part of the world). We see young men and radicals engaged in the destruction, murder and general mayhem that has engulfed a number of US Consular and Embassy buildings, not to mention the trashing of property in the vicinity of these buildings.
While women wear Burqa's and hijab in many Muslim conservative countries, are restricted from driving, working, education and numerous other basic human rights, the media rarely considers the impact that these paternalistic attitudes have on their societies mental and physical health. Indeed, the lack of a mutually supportive, healthy and respectful relationships between men and women as equal contributors to families, work, culture and any number of other areas, may indeed be a major factor in why this part of the world seems to be constantly mired in a constant state of turmoil. Beyond blaming the West for every fault in their societies, perhaps it is the complete dominance of men and the radical, angry, contemptuous, xenophobic attitudes that they display on an almost daily basis that is the deep seeded problem? Could it be that the lack of women as role models and participatory citizens in the general life of these countries as well as the private lives, is the major reason for these regions to be spinning out of control?