Single women are constantly told by people around them that they should find a husband.Even if they do not want one, they are relentlessly pointed out that their social value is low because they haven’t managed to snap a man.The cultural and social standard for women in Russia and Ukraine is to find a man to marry, and then bear children and take care of her family. Even if a woman is educated and has a great career, she feels deficient not having a husband, as she is living in a society that looks down upon unmarried women over a certain age.
In a way, marriage to a foreigner is a step to a greater freedom, which allows a Russian or Ukrainian woman to escape this restrictive social structure and develop her abilities and talents, even though her primary motivation in seeking a partner abroad is to realize herself as a wife and a mother, and not to build a professional career.Demographically, from about the age of 30 there are more women than men.Total males to females ratio is 86/100 in Russia and 85/100 in Ukraine.You don’t need to be an expert to see why it’s hard for a woman who hasn’t found a partner by the age of 30 to get married.Early deaths in males are the major reason for significant demographic imbalances.
At birth there are 106/100 males to females both in Russia and Ukraine.
(See Ratio of males to females by country, Wikipedia) One of the prevalent reasons of early deaths in men is alcohol abuse, causing fatal accidents and health issues.
An average life expectancy is only 62 years for Russian males, and 63 years for Ukrainian males.
I often receive media requests about American, Australian, or European men who date Ukrainian or Russian women.
A few months ago a TV researcher from the ABC production team wanted to know in her preparing for a talk show why Ukrainian women strive to marry Australians.
I have been telling the same thing to reporters for already 15 years (my first interview to Cosmopolitan was in 1999) but somehow it seems that the answer to this question is still not crystal clear, or maybe my version doesn’t fit the official interpretation.