I originally was going to write about bad toys from around the globe. Guess what? When I did a Google search for "bad Russian toys." An interesting site came up. It advertised mail order brides. You've got to check out their site. It begins with the following:
1. It is true that you can find a younger, beautiful wife in Russia. Those beautiful women whose photos you have seen on the Internet, do exist and really seek men for marriage in the west.
2. You can contact them, and if you say and do the right things, you can marry one of them.
I couldn't believe the insipid tone set by this site. It later suggests that these women are "looking for love." However, rather than be yourself, you should "say and do the right things." I searched a couple other mail order bride sites and found the attitude taken by these organizations to be appalling. They often argue that marrying an American is the only way these poor women can escape rampant anti-feminism in their home country. Do they really receive better treatment in America?
I wonder if these women have been told about Anastasia King, a mail order bride from Kyrgyztan. Anastasia didn’t survive her experience. Her husband killed her. This American "Prince Charming" previously divorced his other foreign wife and was looking for another mail order bride shortly after he killed Anastasia.
From the Yale Law Journal we learn about other harrowing tales of mail order bride abuse:
"The story of a twenty-four-year-old woman named Raco offers another example. Raco married a U.S. citizen who had courted her by mail for ten years. Soon after she came to this country, he began to beat her because of differences she had with his parents. His assaults worsened because she did not want to bear children immediately. When she became pregnant, "[h]e threatened not to sponsor me for permanent residence if I didn't carry the pregnancy to term," she said. But the violence escalated, even after she decided to have the baby. When she was, six-months pregnant, he beat her so fiercely that she feared for the life of her unborn child and fled to a shelter."
Perhaps there are some that genuinely would like to marry an overseas woman and would shower her with love and affection. Really, who are we kidding? Many men seeking to marry a mail order bride place cultural and sexual expectations on these women. It’s as if they seek to find a female companion that they can exert their influence and authority over, treating them as if they were toys. One website argued the following:
“The Russian woman has not been exposed to the world of rampant feminism that asserts its rights in America. She is the weaker gender and knows it.”
Are you one of these men? Would you like to find a foreign wife that you can mistreat and dominate? If so, congratulations -- you are a loser.