I watched The Other Boleyn Girl with my mom tonight and in one scene the mother of Anne says to her "you must learn how to control men by letting them think that they are the ones in control, that is the art of women."
I leaned to my mom and said, "Thats how the Arab women do it."
Among the couple in front of us, the woman turns to look at the man who bursts into laughter, nodding a bit sheepishly.
And a woman behind us comments rather loudly, "Well things don't change much, do they?"
No, things don't change much at all.
I do want to make one comment about the injustices of life: the king sleeps with whatever woman he fancies and no one says anything; the queen is accused of sleeping with another man and she's executed.
At least in Islam they both get stoned.