Although it is not the case anymore, at one time Arab men were romanticized at least as being great lovers. Rudolph Valentino is one example of this cultural phenomenon. Also, there is an old song, The Sheik of Araby that further shows what I am talking about. I don’t know where the song originated. But I have an old lp at home of Mary Martin and Ethel Merman singing it in the 1950s, so I suspect it goes a ways back (as you can see, the Beatles sang this version).
Now don’t get me wrong. But Arab men are not very likely to be great lovers for at least a couple of good reasons. First, they come from a culture that is very conservative sexually. It is also a culture that to some extent subjugates women (as thru female circumcision)–not worships them as a great romantic would. And furthermore, Arab men typically don’t conform the Western Anglo-Saxon norms of physical attractiveness. This last thing is obviously a cultural bias. But I must add it since in the old movies they are often portrayed romancing Western women.
So why then were they once portrayed as great romancers?
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