Oh my - he is a scary man! Very very controlling and manipulative. Possibly narcissistic and almost definitely verbally/emotionally abusive (if you look at this Marie Claire article Justine certainly alludes to it). Unfortunately I don't think Talouleh will ever measure up in the long term - because he will keep moving the goal posts. After all, it is all about him?! She has already changed her hair from dark to blonde - what happens when she can't meet his requirements?
However, his ex-wife sounds like she is far more of a feminist and has a much better handle on the misogynistic bullshit he was spouting and that Talouleh is now living up to.
Just very sad really that an otherwise intelligent and talented woman is demeaning herself in this manner to please her man.
I got as far as 'I'm like a child, I don't like alcohol or tea and coffee, I like creamy hot chocolate'.
creamy hot chocolate. Riiight. You haven't been watching too much badly-written porn, not at all.
Mind you, while I don't excuse that article, I can empathise with about 1% of it. The girl says she's come from a school that bangs on about academic success and having a career, and deliberately made 1950s-style domesticity something to be mocked. That doesn't sound too bright to me - if you ban something, and promote something else that is genuinely hard, of course people will rebel. I got the whole 'work hard at school and get a career' lecture and it made domesticity seem very appealing. And I tried it for a year and it was mind-numbingly awful, but I can see where she's coming from with that.