devia, as I've already said, you have a very very cynical mind for one who (paradoxically) believes in marrying for love:-
It is fairly rare in Western culture for people to marry outside of their social-economic class. When it does happen then yes it is a form of prositution.
So when two people who have different salary levels marry, the richer one is simply "buying" the other one. Oooooookay.........so the secret to eternal bliss is to marry somebody who earns a very similar salary to me, I guess. That way, by default, she hasn't "bought" me and I haven't "bought" her and everything is non-cynical and okay in devia's mind. Money is an all-defining thing for you - hmmmm........but you say you marry for love amongst other things.....I guess it's only devia who can marry for wholesome reasons. Every single other woman marries for money, according to devia - gee, you're sounding like a really cynical MRA now.
Also, do you not find it odd you're a western woman but seem to know the minds of all women and men of all other cultures that you've just had a cursory look at on your travels. Wow, you should become a travel writer. I guess I must bow to your omniscience - hey I have my own experiences of travel, but I must discount all my experiences, and those of others, because you say it's just impossible to marry somebody of lower socio-economic status without "buying" them.
The problem I have with the things I have seen written by men looking in 2nd and 3rd world countries is that they excuse their appeal to their future bought mates. I've heard "Western men treat them better". "Their own men are lazy bastards", etc. Again I ask what's wrong with the boy they grew up besides?
Yes, you do have a problem with western men have the temerity to look abroad. Why do you have this problem?
I don't think you listened to a word I said way up this thread - namely that I'd rather live
in a different environment to that of the west. There is no guarantee what happens after that, is there? I've already travelled a lot and have some expectations though. You're trying to re-write my own experiences and tell me all I've seen is completely wrong because of your own experiences.
Hey, this might sound a little bit odd, but maybe we've just had different experiences and that's lead to our different opinions?