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The Sciences

On 'Beauty-Disadvantaged Women'


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I occasionally touch on standards of beauty and couldn't help but notice this uh, charmingstory:


Life can get a little lonely for bachelors in the Australian Outback mining town of Mount Isa. So the mayor has offered up a solution: recruit ugly women. Mayor John Molony found himself under attack Monday over comments he made to a local newspaper that read: "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."

Beauty-disadvantaged women? Now in my opinion, valuing an individual's quality on appearances is a bit prehistoric. We ladies generally take offense when we're judged solely on superficial attributes, and furthermore, Mr. Molony seems to be suggesting that his male voters will settle for anything. Then again, given this unenlightened fellow was elected, maybe they will.

Quite often you will see walking down the street a lass who is not so attractive with a wide smile on her face," he continued. "Whether it is recollection of something previous or anticipation for the next evening, there is a degree of happiness."

The thing is, we 'lasses' smile for reasons beyond satisfaction with our menfolk. Will someone please fetch this mayor a Disney flick? Of course, considering his debonair invitation, it's possible hordes of available females will converge upon Mount Isa to bask in testosterone. Stranger things have happened. But it's worth noting that Mr. Molony was sworn into office in 2004 and reports there were 994 females aged 20-24 living in town in 1996 and 819 in 2006. No, correlation does not equate with causation, but I'm wondering if readers agree that perhaps a different mayor might be more appealing to all women?

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