MAIL ORDER BRIDES for western men|
In a trend that is growing, men from the United States, Western Europe and Australia are turning to poor countries like the Philippines to meet mail order brides. "Asian mail order brides are renowned for their beauty, femininity, traditional values and loving dispositions," one agency writes to prospective customers responding to ads placed in publications ranging from Rolling Stone to the New York Review of Books. "They are sincere, faithful, devoted and believe in lasting marriage and a happy home." For a fee of about $ 50, male customers can order mail order brides brochures and choose women from a selection of photos and blurbs. For a few thousand dollars, some agencies deliver the works - professional help in writing irresistible letters, ads placed in Philippine newspapers, and wedding arrangements.
Mail order brides fantasies in the Phillippines
"Blue-eyed, self-employed USA man, 37, 5'10", 140 lbs seeks a happy, gentle, loving lady, 15-25 to be my future wife," an ad says. The man touts his best assets - he belongs to a rich country, has a regular income, and his blue eyes have a guaranteed snob appeal in this former colony. The mail order brides highlight theirs: Catalog #4T, Rosemila, 23, 5'5", 120 lbs, smiles invitingly from a photo with a Minnie Mouse drawing framed behind her head - "I like cooking, swimming and gardening. I'd like to meet caring men to 60." The Philippines, with its mixed Malay, Spanish and Chinese heritage, is popular among mail order bride seekers because its women are brought up with Asian traditions but are Westernized and speak at least some English. Mail order bride agencies invite women to turn in their photos. Their reward for responding to letters is a chance to go abroad with a husband. Typically, women who apply to mail order brides agencies are 20-35 years old and come from the undeveloped areas of the country. Many have college degrees but are unemployed or have low-paying jobs.