August 21, 2008

Odds are Good but the Goods are Odd!

That was a woman in the mining town of Mount Isa, Australia, complaining about the quality of the menfolk in the town. She was responding to a comment by the Mayor of the town.

Worried about what he thought a highly skewed sex ratio in the town, Mayor John Molony suggested that lovelorn "ugly ducklings" from other regions could move to Mount Isa and find a more than willing and ready mate. The Red Orbit reports:

"May I suggest if there are five blokes to every girl, we should find out where there are beauty-disadvantaged women and ask them to proceed to Mount Isa," he told a local newspaper.

To add insult to injury, Mr Molony implied that the look on some of the women who already lived there proved him right. "Quite often you will see walking down the street a lass who is not so attractive with a wide smile on her face," he explained to the Townsville Bulletin.

"Whether it is recollection of something previous or anticipation for the next evening, there is a degree of happiness ... Some in other places in Australia need to proceed to Mount Isa where happiness awaits. Really, beauty is only skin deep - isn't there a fairytale about an ugly duckling that evolves into a beautiful swan?"

Not surprisingly, there is an uproar in the land of Oz. The Australian media is abuzz with criticism of the mayor as a pre-modern, de-constructed, nitwit who's bent on taking the country, — at least Mount Isa — to the age of the Neanderthals.

Frankly, I am at a loss as to whether the Mayor's remark is an insult to the menfolk of the town, the womenfolk of the town, the prospective migrants, or all of the above. Some of the responses are even more insensitive and confusingly sexist in my view. For example,

One of [the Mayor's] fellow councilors, Gary Asmus, told a local radio station that it was a slight upon the city. "He's actually returning us to the Dark Ages and making the guys that live in this town seem like sex-starved men that will pounce upon the first girl they see," he said. [emphasis mine]

Hm, you mean she doesn't deserve it, but only because the men of Mount Isa are sex-starved ...

  1. Wow, that's pretty hilarious. I think "nitwit" about sums it up - no need for all the other adjectives, which just give him too much credit!

  2. Some people speak before they think.

  3. Somebody should tell this mayor that even beauty disadvantaged women will have nothing to do with brain disadvantaged men like him.
    Looks like the guy has a serious case of foot in the mouth disease.


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