Sunday, October 24, 2010

Woman Marries Herself Because Guys Suck

Earlier this year I read about Japanese men who marry their pillows.
Lee Jin-gyu fell for his 'dakimakura' - a kind of large, huggable pillow from Japan, often with a picture of a popular anime character printed on the side. 
In Lee's case, his beloved pillow has an image of Fate Testarossa, from the 'magical girl' anime series Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha. 
Now the 28-year-old otaku (a Japanese term that roughly translates to somewhere between 'obsessive' and 'nerd') has wed the pillow in a special ceremony, after fitting it out with a wedding dress for the service in front of a local priest. Their nuptials were eagerly chronicled by the local media.
I read this and kind of wondered how women would respond.

Well, one woman from Taiwan has decided to marry herself.
TAIPEI - Chen Wei-yih has posed for a set of photos in a flowing white dress, enlisted a wedding planner and rented a banquet hall for a marriage celebration with 30 friends.
But there is no groom. Chen will marry herself.
Uninspired by the men she’s met but facing social pressure to get married, the 30-year-old Taipei office worker will hold the reception next month in honour of just one person.
“Age thirty is a prime period for me. My work and experience are in good shape, but I haven’t found a partner, so what can I do?” Chen said.
“It’s not that I’m anti-marriage. I just hope that I can express a different idea within the bounds of a tradition.”
Her T$50,000 ($5,675) wedding comes after online publicity that has netted 1,800 largely sympathetic comments.
“I think there will be more and more girls like this,” said “divagirl,” who did not elaborate.
Taiwanese women are marrying later and less often as their economic status advances, fuelling government concerns about a drop in the birth rate and its impact on productivity.
Only 40 percent of women surveyed earlier this year by the education ministry said they imagined married people could live better than singles, local media said.
“I was just hoping that more people would love themselves,” said Chen, who will go on a solo honeymoon to Australia.
Chen said her mother had insisted on a groom at first but later jumped aboard the solo marriage plan.
But as Chen cannot officially register a marriage to herself, if she finds a man later she will wed again.
“If I had a steady boyfriend, I wouldn’t do this,” Chen said. “it would be offensive to him, anyway.”
Poor thing.  Once you stop thinking how weird it is, you realize how sad it is.  She has got to be a little crazy to book a wedding hall, invite all her friends, spend almost $6,000, and plan a honeymoon trip to Australia by herself.

But... can she possibly be any crazier than this guy?



Tiffani said...

Yeah...that guy creeps me the fuck out.

halloween.valentine said...

i don't really think that makes her sad.

it's basically throwing yourself an awesome party, and going on a nice vacation.

maybe she just loves wedding dresses?
i know i do, but i sure as helllllllll don't want to get actually married right now.

plus, maybe this will help her find her mr. right.
finding a guy that can dig that, probably means they'll be a great match.

best of luck to her~

and yea....def not creepier than the pillow guy. i had done an essay a couple years ago on people that claim to actually fall in love with objects. it's strange, and far sadder than falling in love with yourself.

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