The mayor of Mount Isa, Australia is appealing to “beauty disadvantaged” women to move to his town in order to address a 5:1 male-to-female ratio. Quoth his honour:
“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. Quite often you will see walking down the street a lass who is not so attractive with a wide smile on her face. Whether it is recollection of something previous or anticipation for the next evening, there is a degree of happiness.”
Unsurprisingly, the public response has not been positive. There’s a lesson here: using words that sound vaguely politically correct (“beauty disadvantaged”) will not cover up the offensiveness of a given statement.
While you have to wonder at the political acumen of Mayor Molony, the sentiment is nothing new. Take this particularly evocative example, a 1963 hit by Jimmy Soul:
Indeed. Interestingly, this song appeared on a compilation cassette I owned in 1989 called “Fun Rock”. I’m not sure how ‘fun’ this song is, but the desirability of allegedly homely women seems to be a recurring cultural theme. I’m not sure what’s better about this song: it’s cro-magnon attitude towards women, or the amazing conversational bits. “Yeah, she’s ugly, but she sure can cook.” Gold. Sexist, sexist gold.