American Men Are Crazy
I once had a boss who admitted that he once considered getting a mail order bride. I looked at him like he was crazy because then, as now, I couldn't quite grasp how one could fathom sending off of a bride as though she were just a piece of merchandise. I always figured that those types of men were simply rejects who lacked the social skills to get a wife on their own or were so psycho that no real, thinking woman would really have them. Apparently, that is what some of these mail order agencies think as well:
"Nataliya Derkach just wanted a husband. In 1998, she was a 26-year-old college student in Kiev, divorced and disenchanted with the Ukrainian dating scene. Then she met Natasha Spivack, a Russian-American who runs Encounters International, an Internet matchmaking service that caters to American men seeking Russian and Ukrainian brides. Spivack had just the catch for Derkach: a handsome, successful businessman named James Fox. Derkach married him two months after they met in the United States, moving to Virginia and taking his last name. But James soon began beating her, says Fox. And when she turned to Spivack for help, Fox says Spivack told her that all American men were 'crazy,' and to deal with it or risk being sent back to Ukraine. Fox did as she was told, until one night in the summer of 2000, when Fox says her husband beat her as she breast-fed the couple's infant daughter. Fox wound up in the emergency room with her face bruised and swollen and a human bite mark on her hand."