The three big elephants in the Christian dating and marriage room

I’ve written about these before, but let me address them more directly.

I was reading across one of Dalrock’s recent posts and there were a couple of links posted:

In both articles there are a bunch of reasons given why this is the case including:

There are a lot of things this epidemic can be blamed on:

* the ratio of males to females in the body of Christ is one reason;
* the small size of the generation born in the late seventies compared to the baby boom of the early 80’s is another
* and the “kiss dating goodbye” teachings of the 90s and early 2000’s where women were taught to never pursue or show interest in a man but just wait patiently is another.

[and]

Reason #1- People underestimate the difficulties that singles face.
Reason #2- Influencers in the church are not often single.

Anyway, I don’t really know these particular ladies, so what I say may not necessarily apply to them. However, these are the three main issues:

Attraction

The first elephant in the room is attraction. For those of you who haven’t read this blog from the beginning, when I posted  Practical ways to improve your desirability and attractiveness to a prospective spouse to boundless nearly 2 years ago it was promptly deleted as too offense.

Scary, right? Apparently attraction is not deemed important enough to be talked about by Focus on the Family’s Singles blog for dating and marriage to the point where it is instead deemed offensive. This ignores the blatant reality that no one wants to marry someone that they aren’t attracted to.

Now, I’m probably not the best example of talking about which people are undatable due to attraction issues as I have high standards, but the sad fact is that 67-70% of people in the USA are overweight or obese. Let’s be real. No one wants to marry someone that is overweight or obese. Sure, some overweight and obese people do get married, but the simple reality is that both men and women want someone who is aesthetically attractive to look at.

It is extremely perilous for Christian women to ignore the fact that the nature of men that God created is to be attracted almost solely to physical appearance. If a woman wants to be married and she is not actively seeking to improve her chances through good sleep, nutrition, and exercise she is only sinking her own chances. It’s no secret that men tend to congregate around attractive women vastly upper her chances of being asked out by the few attractive men in the Church.

Sure, a woman may not be able to improve her facial genetics, but a nice toned body indicates to a man that she cares about her physical appearance and that it is attractive.

There is an interesting chart from the rules revisited on the modifiable aspects of feminine beauty. I disagree with some of them categorizations as I probably know more about the human body than the author; however, the vast extent of physical appearance is changeable and can be attractive.

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Obviously, the same goes for men as well.

The general theme that I always talk about is based on the law of the reciprocal. In other words, become the ideal spouse of your ideal spouse. However, it never hurts to be more attractive than required as that opens up more possibilities.

I am not discounting developing a godly personality… but it is attraction that gets your foot in the door for women. You need your foot in the door to even have a shot at becoming a keeper to a man. Most men don’t like women who are overweight or obese. That’s the cold hard truth.

Feminization of the Church

The second issue has to do with the feminization of the church. This issue is actually extremely multi-faceted and the statistics about 40:60 or 45:55 women to men in the church only begins to describe.

Essentially, the feminization of the church creates an atmosphere to where men are unwelcome. This can be due to any number of factors including:

  • I love Jesus worship songs, especially about feelings (as if most men want to declare their love and their feelings about Jesus publically).
  • Preaching about how men fail (as if men need another beatdown about how they fail aside from the one they get from culture)
  • Women = good. Men = bad. (as if only men are the only ones failing their roles and responsibilities in marriage… whens the last time you heard a sermon telling women to respect their men in all things and submit to him in all things?)
  • Women being promoted for ministry positions in the church not necessarily “pastor.” Not so prevalent in the Catholic or Orthodox but very in Protestant Churches.
  • Bible studies geared more towards talking than about studying the Word. Varies upon Church.
  • No grounding in apologetics study (men like concrete information about their faith and why it’s true).
  • Destructive information is propagated about men being attracted to physical appearance.
  • Destructive information is propagated about men’s sexual drive.
  • Women are more spiritual because they… buy more Christian books (as if that determines spirituality)… or they are more likely to show up at church (ignoring that it’s a hostile atmosphere for men)… or the are more likely to attend Bible studies (again, feminized teaching).

There are obviously many other factors, but in many cases the Church has become a place that is extremely unwelcoming for men. There are many topics that discuss this but no one wants to do anything about it.

The two main areas that I always suggest to women who do want men to “step up and lead” are:

  1. Step down from ministry positions and instead have men fill them. Men only learn to become leaders by taking a position of leadership and then learning through trial and error perhaps failing in places along the way. This is the biggest issue, and the sad fact of the matter is that most women don’t want to step out of the way and follow men’s lead.
  2. Encouragement, respect, and enthusiasm. It’s easy to tear down but it’s very hard to build up. Yet, all you hear are women complaining about the lack of men even in the Church. Yet, none of these women actually encourage men who are trying to become men… even though that encouragement and admiration is exactly what she is supposed to do if she is a wife.

You really want to know why there are no eligible Christian masculine men?

The atmosphere in the church is hostile to such men. The atmosphere of worship, teaching, Bible study, and even fellowship is not one that men want to hang out in most of the time. Women are clogging up all of the leadership positions that men would otherwise use to learn and grow as leaders. The women don’t encourage men as they are growing and learning to be men. They only complain. How would it be if you’re a single woman and the men are complaining that there are no good Christian single women in the Church?

This leads me into another reason which is…

Mentors and discipleship is lacking

This should be pretty clear given many of my posts geared toward teaching men how to be men and giving examples of what they need to do to find a godly wife. The two main examples being: my 5 step process to maturity in relationships, and my detailed timeline and how-to guide to finding a wife.

Simply put, most men’s ministries are sad shells of what they could be. Most of the time it’s men getting together maybe once a month to talk to each other about their failings. Or have a preacher preach to them about their failings. The marriage ministries aren’t much better. These could be fruitful times that men could use to pair up with men who are farther along in the faith than them and who have walked through a similar journey in marriage. The older men could give advice, mentor, and disciple these younger men. Likewise, the same can be true of the women’s ministries. This would fulfill the passages of Titus 2 among other discipleship and mentoring passages which are from older men to younger men and older women to younger women.

However, the sad case is that no one really cares about the young men in the Church. They are allowed to drift along by their own feelings. They are carried every which way because they are not grounded in the faith. They are preached at by their failings, yet not instructed with concrete examples of what they should be doing or the road they should be walking. Only vague garbage like “don’t look at porn” or “don’t treat women this way.” This being the reason that I consistently harp on the fact that if you are eliminating something it must be replaced by something else.

However, men tend to be best when someone gets down in the dirt with them and walks life with them. We build a camaraderie with each other where we experience and go through things together, and that makes us stronger because we have been there through the pain and the hurt. As iron sharpens iron so one man sharpens another. There are very few older men who are willing to take young men under their wings now. This is the sad indictment of the Church at large.

All of these are tied together by lack of authenticity and truth.

Yes, it may hurt someone’s feelings to tell someone that they are overweight. Yet, in the long run the truth is more important. It illuminates blind spots, and allows someone to stop seeking comfort for their feelings over reality.

Yes, being overweight and sedentary can and will hurt most people’s chances on dating and marrying someone they are attracted to. That’s a simple fact of life.

Yes, the feminization of the Church drives men away. The lack of leadership positions that goes to women drives men away. Yet, no one wants to change their church to be more affirming and receptive to men all the while complaining about the lack of Christian masculine men. Don’t make me laugh.

Yes, the dearth of mentoring and discipleship in churches means that most men will still be boys instead of learning how to become men. Boys need to be taught by fathers or father-figures in order to be men. How many boys in the Church have father figures doing that? 20? 10%? Less?

Yeah, you may have been sold a crappy pile of goods. So what? We all were. The real question is: What are you going to do about it? Sit there and go woe is me? Or are you willing to make changes in your own life that will help you get toward the goal you want?

For the women

Christian feminine passivity has always bothered me. Yeah, sure, maybe it’s not a good idea to ask a man out. But you should be doing everything you can behind the scenes in order to find a husband.

I’ve used the college or job analogy before. It’s been criticized but it generally fits: you don’t sit on your application or resume and wait for acceptance or jobs to come to you. Sure, you could get some, but it’s unlikely that you’ll get many offers unless you are an exceptionally attractive candidate if you get my drift. You write essays, you study, you get tutors if you need to, you jump at every and any opportunity to make yourself more attractive to prospective colleges or employers in hopes that you get interviews.

I talked about my own journey in the timelines post, and I used every available resource to me to find my current girl. Tried the online dating. Asked women out at church and multiple fellowships. Leveraged all of my social networks including friends, some trustworthy family, and others to see if there were single Christian women meeting my criteria. I did not go on any blind dates, but I would have.

In my particular case, it ended up being the case that a couple friends, at a worship service in the middle of the night, told me about a girl who they had met a year prior who fit my criteria. It was another 6 months before I connected with her, online first, and we hit it off. I took my search seriously by being bold and not afraid to ask friends — Christian AND non-Christian — if they knew of anyone serious about their faith and attractive.

Yeah, it’s nice to be passive and hope you meet someone, but you’ll never know if you don’t ask your social networks to find someone. If you’re serious about your search and marriage then be serious about it. You may not be doing the leading in the relationship or the asking on a date-ing, but since you have strong social networks you should be leveraging them as much as you can. Online dating is a much better place for women too. Just go on first dates before you dismiss people.

The ratios of women:men in the Church now are such that a large percentage of Christian women simply will not find a spouse. If 60:40 is the ratio of women to men in the Church, then 20% of 60% or 1/3 of women will not find a spouse. In fact, since the vast majority of men aren’t that attractive — let’s say 50% — that leaves 50% of Christian men that will marry. If 20% of the men marry 20% of the women then that means 40% of 60% of Christian women won’t marry which is 2/3rds or 67% of Christian women won’t marry.

That approximately describes the ratios that I see in many churches: there’s at least 2 single women for every young married couple.

Although the long term data on Dalrock’s doesn’t back it up yet, the Church is probably in a worse state than the world in terms of marriage because of lots of other “requirements” on top of being attractive and compatible.

That’s something the women are going to have to deal with, and it won’t be pretty. The two blogs I linked, and one of my first introductions to this place by Haley as well. At the end of the day you have to decide for yourself whether you want to be passive or not. I would personally feel better about my singleness if I did everything I could to meet attractive Christian men rather than hoping and praying that one comes to me. Then again, Wayne Gretzkey’s “you miss all of the shots you don’t take” may resonate more with me than you.

And don’t get me wrong, I’m not talking solely about passivity in the sense of getting dates although that will help. I’m talking about passivity in terms of your physical appearance/attractiveness, and developing a strong feminine personality and desire to be a wife.

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32 Responses to The three big elephants in the Christian dating and marriage room

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  2. donalgraeme says:

    You’ve had several very good posts in a row DS. Going to respond to this in a bit; just wanted to say that while I was thinking of it.

  3. Matt says:

    Perhaps I am unusual, but I rate style of dress much higher. These days most women dress very badly. In the context of church, I think it is important to show much less skin than is typical in American society, but do it with grace and style. Long skirts, long sleeved, high necked blouses should hint at the figure beneath not display it. Soft and flowing beats frumpy any day. Hair style matters as well. If a woman has obviously taken care in styling her hair, she likely takes care of herself.

    So, there’s my thoughts.

  4. @ Matt

    I think it’s both.

    If a woman does workouts and eats healthy so they have a good hip to waist ratio then long dresses and skirts look much more feminine. Even if they are not form fitting.

    However, yes, dressing femininely is definitely one way women can appeal much better to men. It’s a very strong appeal when a woman dresses very femininely a lot.

    After all, men are not looking for clones of themselves. They are looking for a compliment. Feminine women are a compliment to masculine men.

  5. @ Donal

    Thanks.Trying to bring to light the things that hold us all back from living fulfilling lives in Christ.

  6. donalgraeme says:

    It is extremely perilous for Christian women to ignore the fact that the nature of men that God created is to be attracted almost solely to physical appearance. If a woman wants to be married and she is not actively seeking to improve her chances through good sleep, nutrition, and exercise she is only sinking her own chances. It’s no secret that men tend to congregate around attractive women vastly upper her chances of being asked out by the few attractive men in the Church.

    Sure, a woman may not be able to improve her facial genetics, but a nice toned body indicates to a man that she cares about her physical appearance and that it is attractive.

    I was recently talking with a female friend about online dating. I made the observation that written profiles were far more important for men than for women. She asked what I meant, and I said that for men the profile picture, plus her age, were the most important parts of her profile. I pointed out the primarily visual nature of men, and noted that a woman’s attractiveness was the biggest hurdle to be overcome. She asked if a good written profile might push a woman over the edge if it was “close.” Thinking it over, I responded that it was more likely to be the opposite- it would only matter if it set off a large number of red flags and pushed us away. Otherwise, male curiosity would likely favor the woman.

    Women being promoted for ministry positions in the church not necessarily “pastor.” Not so prevalent in the Catholic or Orthodox but very in Protestant Churches.

    Actually, the same thing is the case in most Catholic parishes. For many, anything not requiring a priest is run by a woman.

    There are very few older men who are willing to take young men under their wings now. This is the sad indictment of the Church at large.

    Even worse, there are even fewer older men who should be taking young men under their wings. Most would not be capable of being good mentors, even if they wanted to.

    Christian feminine passivity has always bothered me.

    Hehe, you know my take on that particular issue.

    The ratios of women:men in the Church now are such that a large percentage of Christian women simply will not find a spouse. If 60:40 is the ratio of women to men in the Church, then 20% of 60% or 1/3 of women will not find a spouse. In fact, since the vast majority of men aren’t that attractive — let’s say 50% — that leaves 50% of Christian men that will marry. If 20% of the men marry 20% of the women then that means 40% of 60% of Christian women won’t marry which is 2/3rds or 67% of Christian women won’t marry.

    That approximately describes the ratios that I see in many churches: there’s at least 2 single women for every young married couple.

    What is interesting to me is that I never really saw that kind of discrepancy myself. If anything, the Catholic churches I attended seemed to favor men somewhat… at least in the 18-30 age bracket. However, Once you got to 30+ that changed dramatically.

    Personally, I think that the younger a Christian woman is, the better her chances. From what I see, and have seen, if she is serious early on and makes efforts to find a husband, she will 9 times out of ten. It is the ones who delay until their late twenties before starting who will lose out (unless they are otherwise high-value).

  7. @ Donal Graeme

    I was recently talking with a female friend about online dating. I made the observation that written profiles were far more important for men than for women. She asked what I meant, and I said that for men the profile picture, plus her age, were the most important parts of her profile. I pointed out the primarily visual nature of men, and noted that a woman’s attractiveness was the biggest hurdle to be overcome. She asked if a good written profile might push a woman over the edge if it was “close.” Thinking it over, I responded that it was more likely to be the opposite- it would only matter if it set off a large number of red flags and pushed us away. Otherwise, male curiosity would likely favor the woman.

    When I look through profiles I look for 4 main things:

    1. Attraction based on photos
    2. Some text indicating a strong spiritual and family life.
    3. Common interests
    4. Red flags

    If anything, a woman should talk about:

    A. her faith and what she does to live it out,
    B. indicate some other interests (which is generally a good talking point at first), and
    C. What you bring to the table in marriage (e.g. cook well, love homemaking, homeschooling, wants lots of kids, etc.).

    These 3 things + good profile pictures will indicate you are serious about God and marriage as priorities.

    ———————-

    As far as the other stuff agreed. I’m not particularly surprised it’s the other way around for Catholics in the 18-30 given how women come back to the church to get their BB to get married.

    Also, I did not realize the extent of the women infestation into leadership and whatnot in the Catholic Church. That’s concerning.

  8. feeriker says:

    As I’ve said so often before, the formation and maintenance of strong marriages and families is not only NOT a priority in the church today, but something that it actively avoids. This serves as yet more proof of how modernism (hostility to the institution of marriage and the family being a key tenet) has so completely subverted and corrupted what was once the Body of Christ.

    You alluded to men’s ministries being a tragic farce. “Christian marriage preparation classes” are more of the same, with their twinned emphasis on unscriptural “mutual submission” and the shaming of husbands and fathers as the weak links of marriage and family. As Rollo has so often (and so correctly) stated, it’s a wonder Christians ever manage to marry and breed at all. Between the plague of modernism, utterly failing at apologetics (the next church I encounter that takes this seriously and puts any effort into it will be the first), and being hopelessly unable to grasp the obvious fact that Christians failing to breed the next generation of believers and raise them in the Faith will ultimately result in an EXTINCT FAITH (Google “Shakers”), it is no wonder that the Body is in such a state of dysfunction, disarray, and decline. And no, I’m afraid that no one in any numbers is going to do anything to reverse the trend, at least not in any of the formally organized, incorporated churchian denomimations. The majority is either too deluded (or more likely too lazy) or too satisfied with the status quo to brook any changes.

    “Unchurching” (similar in concept to “unschooling”) might just be the only option that stands any chance of succeeding.

  9. donalgraeme says:

    @ Deep Strength

    1. Attraction based on photos
    2. Some text indicating a strong spiritual and family life.
    3. Common interests
    4. Red flags

    If anything, a woman should talk about:

    A. her faith and what she does to live it out,
    B. indicate some other interests (which is generally a good talking point at first), and
    C. What you bring to the table in marriage (e.g. cook well, love homemaking, homeschooling, wants lots of kids, etc.).

    These 3 things + good profile pictures will indicate you are serious about God and marriage as priorities.

    You will find nothing but agreement from me on that. It doesn’t need to be exciting or unique- just have solid fundamentals.

    I’m not particularly surprised it’s the other way around for Catholics in the 18-30 given how women come back to the church to get their BB to get married.

    I think that there might be a few other things going on as well. Part of it is my location on the West Coast- more of a drive for women to leave for “the big city”, whatever that happens to be. Also, more young women are in college now than young men. So more are likely to be gone and if they attend church still, do so at a college town. The one exception I saw to this was at one such town. The problem was that most of the women at the Catholic youth group there were unmarriageable. Those who weren’t were snapped up.

    Also, I did not realize the extent of the women infestation into leadership and whatnot in the Catholic Church. That’s concerning.

    Yeah, it’s really bad. Only it doesn’t get much press from anyone.

  10. @ feeriker

    Yes, the hostility to marriage especially of those in the young 20s age range really amplifies their position.Not withstanding that they themselves had gotten married in their early 20s most likely as well.

    Education, jobs, and other things are used as a wedge to drive young adults away from marriage and families.

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  14. Feminine But Not Feminist says:

    I was recently talking with a female friend about online dating. I made the observation that written profiles were far more important for men than for women. She asked what I meant, and I said that for men the profile picture, plus her age, were the most important parts of her profile. I pointed out the primarily visual nature of men, and noted that a woman’s attractiveness was the biggest hurdle to be overcome. She asked if a good written profile might push a woman over the edge if it was “close.” Thinking it over, I responded that it was more likely to be the opposite- it would only matter if it set off a large number of red flags and pushed us away. Otherwise, male curiosity would likely favor the woman.

    This lines up pretty well with my recent venture into a dating website. For the first few weeks to a month or so, I didn’t have a picture in my profile (nor did I have a completely filled-out profile). I was basically just trolling the site, running searches and reading a ton of profiles, and trying to gauge whether or not it would be worth it for me to pay the fee to officially sign up. I decided that there were enough interesting guys on the site to give it a go, and signed up. At that point, I filled in more of my profile. I waited to add a picture until the very end. During that time, I only got a handful of views, and messages from three men (two of them were from men who I had first viewed and taken their interview). But then I put up a few pictures… I suddenly got a ton of profile views, and got messages and/or interview-answers from 40-something men (quantity, not age range), all within less than two weeks (about a week to a week and a half). So yeah, having pictures make a huge difference for a woman.

    Online dating is a much better place for women too. Just go on first dates before you dismiss people.

    Heh, that’s not always possible. That advice only works if the woman is getting a small (or at least manageable) amount of interest and from men who are mostly local to her location. But if she’s getting interest from men from all over the country (and even some from other countries), and from a lot of them in a short span of time (like I mentioned above), then going on a first date before dismissing any of them simply can’t happen in a lot of cases. Instead, she’s forced to be a lot more picky than she would be otherwise, just to narrow things down to an amount that she can reasonably do anything about (this isn’t just hypergamy at work; it’s also an issue of time available to the woman to be able to converse with only so many people at a time). That’s actually part of why it’s so important for a man to have a stand-out profile, like Donal mentioned.

  15. Feminine But Not Feminist says:

    I should also mention that those numbers I provided in terms of messages received from men is astonishingly different than the number of men who approach me in real life, much less ask me out. When I started getting all those messages, I was in a state of “what the heck is happening?!? :-O” kind of shock. It’s very disproportionate. I still don’t get it.

  16. @ FBNF

    Heh, that’s not always possible. That advice only works if the woman is getting a small (or at least manageable) amount of interest and from men who are mostly local to her location. But if she’s getting interest from men from all over the country (and even some from other countries), and from a lot of them in a short span of time (like I mentioned above), then going on a first date before dismissing any of them simply can’t happen in a lot of cases. Instead, she’s forced to be a lot more picky than she would be otherwise, just to narrow things down to an amount that she can reasonably do anything about (this isn’t just hypergamy at work; it’s also an issue of time available to the woman to be able to converse with only so many people at a time). That’s actually part of why it’s so important for a man to have a stand-out profile, like Donal mentioned.

    True. It would be a good idea to have questions or tests in order to filter men for masculinity and leadership.

  17. ChildofRa says:

    Okay, what would be the advice for a girl like me who is college for nursing (i have one year left), short natural hair (i dont perm my hair) and who likes reading, playing video games ,listening to k/jpop, watching anime and cosplaying. I wear mostly jeans,jeggings and graphic tees (i have skirts, i just dont wear them unless im going to like somewhere formal) ;i dont wear to much make up.

  18. @ ChildofRa

    Posted over at Dalrock’s:

    “Optimize her physical appearance to be beautiful and feminine. Workout. Eat well. Take care of skin, hair, hair length, etc. Wear feminine clothing such as dresses and skirts. Keep the makeup light and fresh. Surprise: men like young, beautiful, feminine women.

    Overall: develop a personality that respects, admires, and encourages all men well and is easy going and submits to authority with a good attitude.

    Beyond that it varies depending on the man. In this case, it’s best to say become the ideal spouse of your ideal spouse. If a girl wants a masculine man that takes care of you and all the money and job work, then it would be best to cultivate your personality and skillset toward homemaking, cooking, taking care of children, and all of those things. He leads then learn how to follow well.”

  19. CHero says:

    Dating websites are the worst. The only people that do well on them are people who don’t need them to begin with.

    I’ve got a few dates but it never turned into anything long term. Recently I was stood up on the first date and after next to know response, I deleted my account. Also, trying to find women who are Pentecostal online is difficult. As of two months ago, I’ve been exercising and eating better so I should just work on that–as well as improving my social/lesdership skills

  20. Feminine But Not Feminist says:

    @ CHero

    Dating websites are the worst. The only people that do well on them are people who don’t need them to begin with.

    Nah; I’ve “done well” there, but I’d say I need one. I’m no good at all at getting a man, outside of meeting him online first. Not sure what the disparency is, but it’s true.

  21. Feminine But Not Feminist says:

    Not sure what the disparency is, but it’s true.

    Oops, that should’ve said “discrepancy” instead of “disparency”

  22. @ CHero

    I wouldn’t feel bad about it.

    If you’re not outright handsome (top 20% of men) then you pretty much have no chance. I’m probably around 50% in the looks category at best. Not ugly but not handsome. The vast majority of Christian women wouldn’t even give my “on-paper dreaminess” a shot because I don’t look like the man of their dreams.

    I’d say unless you’ve gotten called “handsome” as a man by women who don’t know you then online dating probably isn’t for you.

    In person is the way to go in my opinion unless you have some friends/family who are willing to recommend you other women who are looking and you can only contact them through facebook or e-mail.

    There generally needs to be some latent interest beforehand.

  23. Feminine But Not Feminist says:

    @ DS

    True. It would be a good idea to have questions or tests in order to filter men for masculinity and leadership.

    Yes. I don’t know if all dating sites have this or not, but the one I’m using (Catholic Match) gives you the option of adding up to 20 multiple-choice interview questions to your profile that people who view your profile have the option of answering (many choose not to). Besides having a variety of questions there to try and guage that about the men who choose to take the interview, I also state very upfront and matter-of-factly (in the section given where you’re supposed to describe your “ideal match”) that I’m looking for someone who is comfortable with his masculinity and leadership, and go into details of what that looks like to me.

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  25. anonymous_ng says:

    I find it interesting to look at what women write on different online dating sites.

    My experience is that there was little difference between Plenty Of Fish, Match, OKCupid, and Christian Mingle except for the last’s obligatory assertion of Godliness.

    Millionaire Match was interesting because some percentage of the women have their own money and write reasonably normal profiles, while those aspirational women understand the economics at hand and frequently write about how glad you’ll be to show them off and how they’re not going to have a headache in the evening.

    Contrast these with the various foreign websites where the profiles have this weird mix of traditional wife verbiage and Hollywood romanticism about soul mates. You can’t really say to what extent these are real profiles versus writing what they think Western men want to hear, but they are VERY different from the regular online dating sites.

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  27. Dave says:

    feeriker, my very Catholic aunt was telling me about a program at her church that teaches men to be “good husbands”. “They’re wasting their time”, I said, “unless they charter a plane to the Philippines so the men can find good wives.” Only one of her four sons is married, and his wife is Filipina.

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