implications of russian brides in u.k. That was a Google search that someone used to find my blog, and for which my blog shows up as the very first entry. Unfortunately, the visiting web surfer wouldn’t have found the answer to his query in any of my posts.
But I think it’s a pretty interesting question! And I’m pretty sure the answer is that there are so few Russian brides in the U.K. that they pose no implications outside of the lives of the groom and his immediate circle of family and friends.
Regular immigration surely has much greater implications. I don’t know so much about the U.K., but here in the U.S. I see enough mixed couples in which the man is white and the woman is Asian to suspect that Asian immigration might be having an impact on sexual relations. The beneficiaries are white men, especially the types of white men that Asian women seem to like: educated, introverted, and with stable careers (often in IT).
White women tend to see men with Asian girlfriends or wives as failures who couldn’t cut the mustard with a white woman.
Plugging the same search into Google, I did find an interesting academic paper from 1999 about “mail order” brides on the internet. I discovered that Russian women misrepresent themselves:
As I met the women in Kyrgyzstan it became apparent that some fudging of their biographies and photos had taken place. Most were slightly older then they had listed on the web sites, though only by a couple of years. And while no one I met was overweight by any means, very few of them actually looked as if they spent the energy and time at aerobics and body building that they had claimed on their forms. Most dramatic was the realisation that a closed mouth smile on the Internet site was often a way of hiding the proof of a Soviet dentistry system which favoured gold teeth.
The gold teeth thing is scary.