Comment: We used to have a German neighbor who was an art historian. She was sure that she knew everything about everything. She had never been anywhere except Germany and the US except for a high school group trip to Italy. She thought she understood the US because as a girl she read the fantastical novels by Carl May, a German who had never visited the US. She knew all about dogs, and used to advise me regularly although she had never owned a dog. She told me that living in purdah was not a bad experience for women in Salafi countries and families.
I laughed. That annoyed her. pl