By Wilasinee Pananakhonsab
This e-book demanding situations assumptions in regards to the motivations that force girls from particularly bad, constructing international locations to take advantage of intermarriage relationship websites to discover companions from particularly filthy rich, built international locations. it's as a rule assumed that monetary deprivation or monetary possibilities are the most components, yet this publication in its place makes a speciality of the paintings of women’s mind's eye in on-line cross-cultural relationships, together with the function of wish, love and intimacy. The studies of Thai girls are used to discover how they begin, advance and continue love and intimacy with Western males throughout distance and time. The publication exhibits that, within the absence of possibilities to look and meet companions from geographically far away elements of the area, the expertise of the web bargains new methods of attempting to find and coping with relationships and has major effects for neighborhood studies and expectancies of affection and partnering.
The ebook may be of curiosity to students and scholars with an curiosity in kin and intimate lifestyles, gender and sexualities, Asian and Thai stories, globalization and nationalism, tradition and media, sociology and anthropology.
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Talking or writing about sex is considered culturally and morally improper (Harrison 2002, 456–457). In addition to keeping quiet about sexual issues, Thai women are also expected to be sexually demure and virginal in order to garner respect in society. According to Thai cultural standards, women who have allowed more than one man to access their bodies, regardless of the circumstances—be it as a result of divorce or widowhood and remarriage, promiscuity, or prostitution—are understood to be “bad” women.
It was a life-changing situation for me. I felt like I was worthless. I was valuable only as a sex object for men and was unworthy of respect. I thought my family and friends saw me as a big disappointment as a woman, someone who didn’t deserve another chance and was selfish. They could not understand how I, an educated business woman with good interpersonal skills, could have ended relationships with two men. What was wrong with me? I was embarrassed at having my second marriage fail. (May, online interview, September 2011) May had internalized cultural images and perceptions that reflected the stigma generally associated with divorce, sentiments that intensified after her second divorce.
I know I don’t fit the idea of a kulasatrii. It is not easy for Thai society to accept this [teenage out-of-wedlock pregnancy]. (Min, online interview, October 2011) There is a notion among Thai men that a non-virginal woman, especially a young woman who has never been married, constitutes “damaged goods”. According to a study by Knodel et al. (1996, 189), some Thai men expressed the view that women who have affairs while single would not make good spouses because premarital relationships are seen as significant indicators of how prone the woman might be to infidelity after marriage.