Australian mayor puts out call for “ugly” women, may also think it is 1932

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┬ácalled “Fun Rock”. I’m not sure how ‘fun’ this song is, but┬áthe 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.


  1. Jane

    That song pales in comparison to the fun contained in such other Fun Rock classics as Louie Louie, The Purple People Eater, Snoopy vs. The Red Baron which are offensive to no one, except maybe people named Louie, purple people, and Baron von Richtofen.

  2. SassAFrass

    Yeah, but it’s just his “personal point of view”, so it’s harmless… right?

    Still, it’s got a good beat and you can dance to it. I deem it acceptable Fun Rock.

  3. deBeauxOs

    Australian men, especially in isolated and rural areas are notoriously sexist and abusive in the way they treat ‘sheilahs’. Perhaps the mayor could, were he not stymied by his own brand of sexism, investigate why women flee or avoid settling in his town.

  4. GM

    Alright, I was just kidding around about the song, but I do think we need another viewpoint here….I do not consider it sexism to make comments about someone’s looks, and I don’t consider what this mayor said to be over the top. Looks do matter.

    Brad Pitt is better looking that I am. All other things equal, he and I go to the bar, he’s got a lot more options there than I do. Chris Farley (RIP, good sir) is less attractive than me, and I’d have more options than him. It’s just a simple fact. And yet, should there be no other guys there, both of us would likely do well for ourselves. How is stating that any different than what the mayor was saying? All it comes down to is “sure, you’re ugly, but here you’ll have men competing for you due to the ratio, whereas in the city you’re in now, it’s likely not happening like that.”

    There is not a single one of you who can claim that looks don’t matter to you.

  5. GM

    I was curious whether I’d need to state “all other things equal” a second time, but assumed that would be clear. Clearly I estimated some of the readers too high….

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