"Wry remark, or are you serious?
"A lot of the remarks on the differences in cultures are how us Westerners view Easterners, and vice versa, I suppose. What we think of as friendliness, they think of intrusions on their public privacy space. What we think of as a hideous, cramped coffin, they call a loft."
And what we think of as rape, they think of as...
Well, maybe some day they'll get around to coming up with a word for that "cultural" triviality, eh?
In the Old West, women were at a premium and more valued because they took a real role in the survival of the family and the group, so there was more chivalry and more respect accorded women in the West, and more equality.
Don't think a Westerner or an Easterner in the U.S. would not understand the revulsion and violation that the word rape carries for us.
Does anyone who knows Arabic culture want to dispute that they don't view it like we do?