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 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.