Western men often to come to Shanghai expecting to have plenty of women to choose from cheap viagra canada by virtue of the fact that Asian girls are so cheapest essay writing service into foreign boys.
Between expat women, the hordes of Asian girls anxious to hook up someone a little different and, for the truly desperate or lazy, the wide availability of prostitutes, I think it’s fair to say that there are few places in the world where it’s easier for a western male to get laid than in Shanghai.
But for us girls, the equation is very different. Sure, Shanghai has around 10 million men, but sometimes finding a single decent one can be quite the chore. Why is finding love in Shanghai so much more difficult for the ladies? Let’s examine the two major factors working against us:
1. Chinese Guys: Kinda Gross
Obviously this is just a generalization, and I’m sure there are many very attractive Chinese men, but for the most part, western girls just aren’t interested. For me personally, the Chinese body type and general appearance don’t do it for me. Hard to say why exactly, but I’m sure there are many western women who feel the same way. Additionally, there are quite a few behavioural items that turn pretty much all of us off. A few examples:
Long Fingernails – Chinese men like to grow their fingernails long, especially on the pinky. This practice is traditionally meant to show others that they do not have to use their hands as part of their occupation, and thus are above the working class. Even putting the disgustingness of it aside, don’t you think it’s a little bourgeoisie to go around bragging that you’re not a labourer? Not classy, not classy at all. Then there’s just something about having a single long fingernail that gives me the howling fantods.
Spitting – Never, ever, will I get used to the spitting. It’s not even the spit itself that’s the worst, it’s the sound they make when they try and get all the phlem and snot up to their mouths. Argh, yuck!
Snorting – So far this list must sound very stereotypical, and surely many Chinese men don’t do the things listed above, but I’m sorry, ALL of them snort. Even my younger students do it. I don’t know what it is, but they just seem to need to snort all the time.
Dress/Accessories – The last straw is that I don’t really fancy wearing matching t-shirts with my boyfriend. Also, I will not be asked to hold my boyfriend’s purse.
I think it is really a shame that Chinese men seem to either put very little thought into their appearance, or are on totally the other end of the spectrum and carry around mentholated lip balm in a Gucci man-bag. On the other hand, Chinese women in Shanghai are quite attractive and take good care of their appearances. I think I would even prefer to date Chinese women over Chinese men.
2. Expat Guys: Slim Pickings
Having eliminated the vast majority of native Chinese men from contention, we must now turn to our male counterparts. Unfortunately, I’ve found that these can be a disappointing batch. Let’s get scientific and use the 54 guys in my phonebook as a random sample. We have the following:
The Taken: 12 (21%) – Guys who are married or in a committed relationship are not always easy to spot, especially if they are doing the whole long distance thing, but usually they’ll mention the fact they have a girlfriend early on in a conversation and you will know to do the right thing and back off. As they say, the good ones are always taken!
The Sexpat: 10 (19%) – This category includes any western guy who just wants to have sex with whomever. Often their decision to come to China was at least partially influenced by the, ahem, ease of doing business. These guys may be a bit harder to detect when they first chat with you; it is not always obvious whether they’re a sexpat, or a guy who is genuinely interested. However, as long as you don’t jump into the sack with the first guy that comes onto you, you should be fine, just test their patience a bit. Unfortunately though, these guys tend to have had plenty of practice sweet talking the ladies, and frankly, they’re usually not the ugliest of guys. This does make it difficult for us.
The Severe Asian Fetish: 2 (4%) – This group often overlaps with the sexpats, but is slightly different because this type of guy will show no interest in you whatsoever, and more often than not will have a Chinese girl following him around everywhere he goes. I think it is quite difficult for a western guy not to get himself a Chinese girlfriend if he really wants one. Just look at Rupert Murdoch (pictured).
The Gay: 6 (11%) – Let’s be honest, this type of guy is usually quite easy to spot in his mannerisms. If that doesn’t tip you off, then usually you can tell from something he says quite early on in your conversation.
The American-Born-Chinese: 4 (8%) – If you meet one of these guys randomly in a club, you will mistake him for a Chinese guy and (for the reasons listed above) will show no interest until perhaps he starts up a conversation… but even then…
The Gap Year: 4 (8%) – Guys that are either on their gap year or for some other reason are here before going to university. These may be lovely guys but definitely not boyfriend material for all the obvious reasons: too young, only just moved away from home, probably get drunk every night, just plain too immature. There’s nothing wrong with them having their fun, but it’s not what us mature girls are looking for.
The Rich, Stuck-up and Arrogant: 4 (8%) – Unfortunately, there are a lot more of these in Shanghai than we would hope for. They are extremely easy to spot. All you need to do is have a conversation with them for five minutes, often less. Actually, it’s really not so much a conversation as it is a monologue about how wonderful they are. This may sound ridiculous, but I assure you some people actually do go on about what good a catch they are and how much money they have. Not attractive.
The Genuinely Nothing Wrong With Them: 12 (21%) – My conclusion is that there are actually a lot more genuinely nice guys out there then I had initially thought, which gives me hope, but then one has to take into account so many more things:
Is he good looking, funny, interesting, intelligent, kind and (depending on how picky you are), rich and well-employed? Once you take all these into consideration, the percentage of suitable guys decreases even further. But don’t worry girls, your expectations also decrease as you spend more time in Shanghai!
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