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160 pages, Paperback
First published October 13, 2015
Paragraph 175 (known formally as §175 StGB; also known as Section 175 in English) was a provision of the German Criminal Code from 15 May 1871 to 10 March 1994. It made homosexual acts between males a crime.
"After we were married, I told her that she could not eat at the same table as me. She said that when she was growing up, her family did not separate the men and women at meals, so it bothered her; I think it may still, but it is tradition passed down from my great-great-grandfather. We accept it for what it is. I cannot break with tradition."
"One time she wanted to go out with her sister without a man to accompany them to protection. I didn't allow it."
"Choosing a wife based on a photograph alone is ridiculous, but I keep my opinion to myself. I realize that this is our tradition."
"I realize that, after all these years, they are still in love. I wonder how this could be possible when they don't have any children. Aren't children what keep a husband and wife together?"
"A Muslim woman must not touch a man who is not her husband or a close relation."