According to the BBC (local time) on the 24th (local time), an advertisement for a 30-year-old feminist with short hair and piercings was published in India’s major daily newspaper ‘Courtship Advertisement’ looking for a marriage partner.
She introduced herself as working in the public sector and said, “I’m looking for a husband who is handsome, wealthy, and not shy, 25-28 years old.” “You must have a farm of at least 80,000 cubic meters, and you must be strong, good at cooking, not flattering, and the only son.”It turned out that this advertisement was a joke made up by Srijan, the brother of Saxe (all pseudonyms), and his friend Damianti, who celebrated their 30th birthday. Srijan said, “At 30, the story is especially about marriage. When you turn 30, your family and society start to put pressure on you to get married and settle down.” It cost about 13,000 rupees (about 197,000 won) for the project. Srijan explained, “It was the amount that would have been used to celebrate Saxe’s birthday.”
Srijan presented her with a paper scroll the night before Saxe’s birthday. The scroll had an email address and password written on it. At the time, Saxe had no idea what this address meant.
And on the day of his birthday, Srijan brought a newspaper with a wedding advertisement to Sakshi. “It was only after I received the newspaper that I realized it and laughed happily,” Saxe recalled. “It was a fun joke.”
However, when celebrities in India shared the ad on their social media, the ad spread widely, and Saxe received more than 60 emails. “A certain man wrote in an email, ‘Your man who is naive and not stubborn at all,'” Saxe said. “Many people took it with interest.”
However, some netizens reacted unpleasantly to the advertisement. They criticized Saxe as a “gold digger” for finding a wealthy husband while opposing capitalism, while “a cougar who is 30 years old and looking for a man aged 25-28 (such as dating a young man or dating a young man)” A middle-aged woman who wants to have sex.”
In response to this reaction, his friend Damianti pointed out the situation in India, where 90% of marriages are arranged by arrangement, saying, “Everyone wants a well-dressed groom. But seeing it in reality, I think a lot of people were outraged.”“Men are always looking for tall, slender brides and show off their wealth, but they don’t seem to be able to stand it when things change,” Saxe said. “This ad was a satirical expression of that story.” He added, “I don’t think it’s any different from the people who advertised ‘I want a beautiful bride’.”
And to those offended by the ad, Saxe said, “Do you react this way to all the sexist, caste-based, ‘Seeking a Bride’ ads in the daily newspaper? There is,” he pointed out.
Kim Hye-rin, reporter for Donga.com [email protected]
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