Friday, October 22, 2010

Taiwenese Woman Set To Marry... Herself

She'll wait for no man!

Narcissism thy name is Chen Wei-yih. From Reuters:

"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 (3,600 pound) 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."

To read the article in its entirety, click here. The article's title is "In Defiance of Tradition, Taiwan Woman Marries Self." Isn't this in defiance of SANITY? Why couldn't she just have a big 30th birthday bash and sit down someplace? Instead, she's spending thousands for a wedding with no partner. Yeah, okay... I'm sure that will bring Mr. Right straight to her door.


Don said...

Isn't this in defiance of SANITY? My thoughts exactly.

While it's good for a few laughs to suggest that one should marry themselves due to the lack of interests in others, I mean, who actually marries themselves?

Given that, the grounds for divorce should be interesting.

Alisha De Freitas said...

"Given that, the grounds for divorce should be interesting."

LMBO!!! Yes, very true!

Micah said...

I think there was a similar story right here in the U.S. a while back...along with the stories of women marrying horses and dolphins.

I wonder how a no-fault divorce would go. Did she sign a prenuptial?!

Alisha De Freitas said...

"I wonder how a no-fault divorce would go. Did she sign a prenuptial?!"

He he he he! Hi Micah! I do believe I heard a similar story here in the U.S. What people will spend money on these days...

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