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Foreign women, in manosphere parlance, are women who grew up in a culture in which they were raised to act in what is typically thought of as a "traditional" female fashion, this in contrast with Western women who, thanks to feminism, often have better things to do than wait on their husband's hand and foot and provide sex on demand.[note 1]
The term usually means women from particular eastern Asian countries, notably Vietnam and Thailand, or the Philippines. The manosphere's praise for foreign women does not extend to South Koreans, Japanese women, Indians, or Swedes. On the other hand, Russian women are described as being the best of all worlds, in that they look like Westerners but are far more traditional and more feminine.
The assumed characteristics that the manosphere ascribes to Asian women are not based on assumptions about race or ethnicity; rather, it's a cultural thing. Thus, they are less likely to think that American-born women of Asian descent are any less sullied by the effects of feminism than other American women. This accounts for why MRAs and other guys from the red pill movement will often look abroad for mail-order brides rather than looking for a local woman of foreign descent.
That said, making assumptions about individuals' character based on their background is problematic at best.
When confronted with charges that nerdy white guys have "yellow fever," i.e. a preference for Asian women, they will sometimes counter that this is no different from an alleged preference that some women from that part of the world have for white Western men. In the Philippines and some other Asian countries, a lighter complexion is often viewed as more attractive, and when people can, they avoid the sun and use skin-whitening products in an attempt to be less tan.
The comparison is a bit of a false equivalence; it overlooks the fact that darker-skinned people looking to get some of the privilege that comes from whiteness are not being "racist" in a way comparable to a white guy looking for a malleable Asian wife. "Yellow fever" is inherently a problematic term and it comes from the way Western media tends to "exoticize" Asian women as being little more than objects of sexual desire. "White fever" is the result of white supremacist notions of beauty going across the planet through mass media and the enduring effects of colonialism. This leads to a situation where skin whitening products are now popular in Africa, the Middle East and India.
The appeal of western men could also have something to do with the reputation of men from certain other cultures as being sometimes domestically violent adulterers, gamblers, drunkards, and drug users.
Some men describing themselves online as good Christians are in the market for subservient women. It's been mostly debunked as a myth that Asian women are any more submissive and obedient than their Western counterparts, as white nerdy guys who end up livin' the dream eventually discover. "Filipina Wives," a blog dedicated to helping Australian men find, well, you know, notes:
“”Filipinas are generally non-confrontational, but that should not be mistaken as submissive. They are simply more sophisticated in getting you to do what they want you to do. They may hesitate to challenge you in front of other people, also, to save you from embarrassment. Even when you are clearly off your rocker.
Or, put another way:
- This ignores that most far-right, ultra-conservative and anti-feminist political parties in the Western world are mainly run and led by Western woman. http://www.netz-gegen-nazis.de/artikel/rechtsextremismus-zahlen-7552
- "They never refuse to have sex" http://www.returnofkings.com/42888/why-western-men-travel-to-asia-for-more-than-just-sex
- "It is very unusual for a Filipina wife not to make herself available for her husband whenever requested: 'it's just a natural part of marriage.' She is there, among other things, to be a provider of quality sex. Headaches are fairly rare." Mail Dominance: A Critical Look at the International Marriage Broker Regulation Act and Its Sufficiency in Curtailing Mail-order Bride Domestic Abuse Recent Development - Two Perspectives on the International Marriage Broker Regulation Act and the Protection of Mail-Order Brides from Domestic Violence. Newsome, Holli B.
- "The Americans have turned to Russia because Russian women have a European face but the patience of an Asian." Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Mail-Ordered - The Mail-Order Bride Industry and Immigration Law Mobydeen, Lana
- Do Asian Women Have "White Fever"?