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TABLE OF CONTENTS
DISCUSSION OF GUIDELINES
APPENDIX 'A' - QUESTIONS AND RESPONSES TO/FROM ANTIDATE
Need for Guidelines
When a Western man travels to the FSU, he will encounter a culture that differs from his culture in remarkable ways. Even the mentality of FSU women is not the same as that of Western women.
As with anything, perception is more important than reality. Few FSU women have much experience with meeting and dating Western men. They will judge men largely based on the norms of their society and be influenced by their history with FSU men, all filtered through their hopes and aspirations. Western men will likely do the same.
In addition, men and women will enter this with preconceived misperceptions; e. g. a western man frequently will discover that good FSU women are not low-hanging fruit ready to be picked, and they can be more sophisticated and educated than him.
The cultural differences and misperceptions can allow and even promote cross-cultural misunderstandings, sometimes to the point of frustrating if not ending what could have been a compatible relationship.
This document presents a set of guidelines for men’s behavior when dating FSU women. Essentially, it is a partial list of the do’s and do not’s. It should help a well-intentioned man not make a fool of himself or unknowingly offend a woman. Taken further, these guidelines should place the man in a more positive light before women.
Development of Guidelines
A committee was formed to develop a proposed set of guidelines for presentation to RWD at large. The committee members are as follows:
The many suggestions were analyzed, compiled along common themes, and reworked in a common style to yield the proposed set of guidelines.
Objective of Guidelines
The guidelines essentially are about respect - respecting the women and respecting yourself. Respect is very important to FSU women.
If a man shows respect, he may just earn her respect and eventually the trust that she needs to believe in him and to give up her family, friends, country and job to follow him to a foreign land.
Men with serious intentions and who are educating themselves about the pursuit should find the guidelines beneficial. The guidelines will not stop reprobates such as married guys who bed young FSU girls with false promises of marriage. Nor will it help the clueless. Nevertheless, the guidelines should steer the majority of men in a more positive direction.
These are guidelines; they are informative. Enforcement is well beyond their purview.
Nevertheless, the guidelines will be enforced - indirectly. Namely, if you disrespect a FSU woman, be prepared for a severe mental beating or for her to tell you “goodbye forever.” It will come quickly, with little or no warning, and what she decides will likely not be reversible.
What about the men who purposefully deceive women merely for sex? An informed competent woman can spot the bad men and avoid them. Reputable agencies can detect suspect behavior and step in. And if a man slips past these defenses, there are initiatives such as Anti-date’s blacklist.
When corresponding with a lady it's important to be honest and truthful about yourself. Use current photographs and tell the truth about height, weight, criminal record and other personal details, particularly your current circumstances and your intentions. It not only shows respect for the lady, her time and emotions, but it is also good risk mitigation for you. Some men may be tempted to embellish their personal attributes, but doing so is to mislead the lady and increase your risk for rejection when a meeting does take place.
Before you travel it's wise to educate yourself on the customs, culture and proper etiquette of the places you'll visit. Learn proper etiquette. This will ensure you make the best of your time in a foreign country and reduce your risk of making an innocent, but sometimes terminal, faux pas.
Simple things like making a joke about a lady's city or country might be enough for her to reject you without you even knowing it. Understanding her culture and her country's history will almost certainly endear you to the lady as well.
Assume nothing about ladies from the FSU and don't think or, even worse, tell her that she's expected to act in a certain way based on comments read from an internet website or some purported "How-To" guidebooks. Keep an open mind.
Do not send sexually explicit information or photographs to a lady without her explicit request/consent to receive them. Whilst this may be the most obvious piece of advice you'll ever hear it still needs to be said. It's surprising that a common complaint from ladies that are seeking international marriage is that they frequently receive sexually explicit material from men they have never met. Russian women are naturally passionate and expressive to their partners, but most are conservative and reserved before meeting.
Be a gentleman in all respects. Being a gentleman comes with many obligations. It's not just opening doors or taking a lady's hand as she alights from a car. It includes taking responsibility for all of the masculine duties and showing a lady the ultimate in respect and care.
Gentlemanly behavior isn't an option with most FSUW. There is an expectation that you will be decisive, attentive and well-mannered at all times.
A gentleman should accept financial responsibility for dates, and expect nothing in return for dates or gifts given. If you invite a lady to dinner be prepared to happily pay for the bill without question or expectation of any returned favors by the lady. A FSU man would almost always pay the costs of a date and western men dating in FSU should do no less.
Paying for a date doesn't mean you should expect any privileges or favors, but often a lady will make her own contributions later on through special things she will do for her man. Some of these things might appear to have a low financial cost to you but may be of significant personal value to her.
If you are taking responsibility for arranging dating activities, you will be the one to set the pace of the expenditure. A man should never outspend his capacity but he should understand there is an expectation that he will not rely on a lady to pay half the costs.
Practice good hygiene and show respect by the way you present and dress yourself in public places. A FSUW may see bad hygiene as a sign of disrespect so a man should always ensure he is presented at his best when dating in FSU. Being freshly showered with clean teeth and clothes are obvious matters but a man should also be aware of his clothing style in FSU countries.
Whilst you will read of men who feel shorts and bright colors are acceptable in summer the majority might suggest that conservative clothing is the better option. Darker colored clothing is common for men in FSU and on more formal occasions it would be impressive to be dressed in a suit even with an open neck shirt and no tie. A FSUW wants to be proud of her man and dress standards definitely have an impact on social status and public perception. Pay particular attention to your shoes and never wear stained or heavily worn clothing.
Always practice safe sex to prevent Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD's) or unplanned pregnancy. Whilst safe sex is highly important for the prevention of sexually-transmitted diseases men should also consider the significant hardship a lady may endure in the event of an unplanned pregnancy. The use of contraceptives may not be in the front of the mind for some FSU ladies who are so willing to trust you, so the man should take the initiative, ensure he is aware of all possible eventualities and be respectful of the obligations that come with his actions. At the beginning of a relationship, this will make the woman feel safe and should impress her that you are not self-centered, that you are dependable, and that she can trust you.
Respect a lady's decision if she decides she doesn't wish to continue your relationship and do not defame her for such decisions. If a lady decides she sees no future in the relationship a man must accept her decision without resorting to slander or degradation of a ladies character. Some men have been known to slander a lady on public websites when a relationship ends without deeply considering the reasons for, and events leading to such a decision.
Just as we would expect mature conduct at the end of a relationship a man should realize that at all times a lady has the right to choose her own destiny. A relationship ending early is more preferable to one that ends when there are greater legal and social obligations in place.
After meeting, and/or as the Relationship Develops
Always show discretion and protect a lady's privacy and integrity. Discretion and privacy are tantamount to trust for many FSU women. Even if a relationship does not materialize from a meeting, a gentleman would never slander a lady publicly or malign her integrity without proven facts of misconduct. Always be conscious of any information you publish to a public domain and assume the subject of discussion will be seen by thousands of people, including the lady.
Publishing photos of an FSU lady that you meet when visiting the FSU can be educational, yet any photo should meet the following criteria: the photo and associated narrative is respectful of the lady and could not be used to ridicule or harass the lady, no private information is provided, and the lady either consented to the publishing of her photo or it is reasonable to assume she would have given consent.
Don't discuss your sexual relationships on any public web site. Any discussion of sexual engagements on a public website will be seen as abhorrent, not only to the lady involved but to many known and anonymous people on the internet. If the temptation ever arises a man should refer to earlier clauses in this Code of Conduct relating to gentlemanly behavior and the obligations of every man who seeks a long term relationship in FSU.
As the relationship develops, a man should disclose all pertinent information such as financial status, job description and security, housing situation, health issues including any diseases you may be afflicted with or legacy issues like children and alimony.
Be aware that many FSUW would prefer not to discuss your previous relationships, but if you are questioned you should be honest and forthright, without slandering your former partner(s). If the lady asks, these would include previous marriages, engagements and de-facto relationships, including when they ended and why.
Sometimes it's not appropriate or necessary to discuss intimate matters very early in a relationship, but as a relationship evolves a man should be open to discussing all personal matters with his partner. As in early correspondence, it's important to be honest with a lady because any embellishment or exaggerations of your personal situation can lead to disappointment or even failure before or after marriage.
Issued: 21 February 2009
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