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What is wrong in Turkey as we used to think

To be honest, in Turkey, few climbed further than resort areas. Ignorance of the country gives rise to a lot of stereotypes – from the obvious exaggeration that the Turks are all about picking up a hot macho with a mustache, who will not miss a single bored lady, to the assertion that this is a strict Muslim country, and only tourists are allowed liberties here. There are many others …

The Turks themselves are not enthusiastic about these stereotypes, and we will try to prove to you that most of them are no more than the fiction of foolish tourists who did not even try to delve into the lifestyle, history and values ​​of this people. So:

1. Turkey is a very conservative country.

Of course, most Turks are Muslims by religion, but Turkey cannot be called a strict Muslim country. Turkey is a democratic republic, and the Turks themselves are very proud of their history, especially their leader Atatürk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey. According to the law, Islam has no superiority over any other religion, and the religion itself should not affect public life, politics or the law. Therefore, in Turkey you can meet both conservative and liberal-minded people. For example, in Istanbul there are areas with strong Muslim traditions, such as Fatih, and there is Galata or Arnavutka, which is full of trendy bars, restaurants and art galleries. As one traveler aptly puts it, Turkey is a mixture of everything: Western and Eastern, modern and traditional, liberal and conservative.

2. Women are required to wear Muslim clothing

Not required. And if you see a woman wrapped in black from head to toe, you should know that this is her personal choice, as well as wearing a hijab. Moreover, those women who work in government and state institutions are not allowed to wear a hat. Most Turkish women wear European clothes, use makeup and do not mind lying on a public beach in a bikini.

What is wrong in Turkey as we used to think

3. Turkey has a low level of education

Schooling is compulsory for children 6-18 years old. There are more than 100 universities in Turkey, some of them are known all over the world. Most likely, this stereotype comes from people who judge the country based on their spa experience. Indeed, many hotel workers come from villages and small towns and are not qualified. But a visit to Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir or any of the major cities is likely to change your mind.

What is wrong in Turkey as we used to think

4. Men dominate, women dutifully sit at home

According to Turkish laws, women and men have equal rights, but in practice this does not always happen, as, incidentally, in recognized developed countries. Indeed, in remote villages, the man is the main breadwinner, and the wife is required to monitor the house. But even if a woman is a housewife, this does not mean that she is submissive to her husband in everything. Moreover, the Turkish women themselves often assert that their husbands are real henpecked and do what their wife requires. Women quite often get university education and build a career.

5. Turkish men are lazy

It is not clear where this stereotype came from. After all, when you see luxurious hotels, blooming territory, plentiful food in a restaurant at a resort, do you really not figure out how much work you need to invest to do all this? At the same time, work in all weather conditions, even in forty-degree heat. In Turkey, state support is minimal, there are practically no benefits and allowances, no one gets anything for free, and therefore you have to earn a living yourself. Well, when is laziness here? Ah, probably, it went from the sight of men sitting in cafes, drinking tea endlessly …

What is wrong in Turkey as we used to think

6. Turks may have several wives, such as a harem

According to Turkish law, polygamy is prohibited and can be punished by imprisonment. It is clear that, if desired, a person will always find a way to circumvent the law, but, you must admit, this is also possible in Europe, because it is not necessary to formalize your relations officially. The Turks did not show anything new in this sense to the world. But in general, Turkish men are very family oriented and almost never cheat on their wives.

7. Turks are not averse to starting a holiday romance, and sometimes they demand payment for it

Yes, that happens. However, as in any other country, where millions of tourists come. In Egypt, Thailand or Italy, this is also very common. And why hide, there are ladies who come here precisely for “THIS”. But! Demand creates supply, and not vice versa. And if you are looking for such relationships or services, then you will find them here. Just be aware that you are taking a certain risk. You are an adult and sane person, and therefore it makes no sense to “include innocence” after. Nobody forces them to force their services (otherwise it is differently defined by law), and, as you know, consent is an act of non-resistance of two parties. And let’s not.

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