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Lauredhel is an Australian woman and mother with a disability. She blogs about disability and accessibility, social and reproductive justice, gender, freedom from violence, the uses and misuses of language, medical science, otters, gardening, and cooking.

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  1. tigtog
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    In fact, I’ve got a few Jim Beams under my belt right now – come and get it while it’s hot! Wokka wokka wokka! *fart* *burp* Grrrrr!

    I bolded what appears to be PacMan alive and drunk in Mt Isa.

    Fancy that, a town that prides itself on being top of the macho bullshit heap can’t stop women who have the misfortune to be born there leaving in droves as soon as they are able to find a livelihood somewhere else.

  2. blue milk
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    This is such a funny post, great read for a Sunday. I particularly loved –

    Drop that cookie, young man! You’re talking about human relationships, not picking over the last remnants in op-shop Sale bin.

  3. amandaw
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    You might think they’d consider that their piss attitudes toward women are the reason they suck at so much at keeping women around, and not (as they seem to think) an attitude to boast to attract women to them.

    Well, entitlement and all that. Even when they’ve got a fucking five-to-one ratio of men to women, they still don’t have to pause for one second’s reflection: their immediate reaction is “Neighboring lands, give us your laddies!”

    ‘Cuz well, men get women. There’s absolutely no questioning that, ever. Men get women and if they don’t have women, other men are obliged to give them their women.

    See? ‘seasy!

  4. Paul Murray
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    “You’re talking about human relationships, not picking over the last remnants in an op-shop Sale bin.”

    Feh. Humans, apes, whatever. Like it or not, this whole article is a pretty accurate view of the horrible, mercenary way that most of the world goes about finding that special someone. Most people in fact don’t complete postdoctorate degrees by correspondence. For most people, in fact, the only thing of enduring value they will ever do is squeeze out a couple of sprogs and raise them. And if you are not rich and powerful (for guys) or young and beautiful (for girls), your options genuinely are limited.

    Life is horrible. People are horrible. Why shouldn’t the mayor of Mt Isa try to put a happy face on it?

  5. thebewilderness
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    There was a saying that women in Anchorage would share with newcomers about the men outnumbering the women in Anchorage.
    “The odds are good, but the goods are odd.”
    I think the men of Mt Isa have demonstrated this to be true in their case as well.

  6. Arctic Firefox
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    Funny you should say that, thebewilderness. The article below has one of the women living in Mount Isa use exactly the same phrase.

    Outrage after Mayor’s ugly behaviour

    It appears, unsurprisingly, that the quality of men in town leaves much to be desired.

  7. katarina
    katarina at |

    Men are so funny! Even when they’re desperate they can’t quite bring themselves to hide their belief that women, being inferior, must be more desperate still.

  8. 1stBabygirl
    1stBabygirl at |

    It sounds like the arrogant mayor is in desperate need of a cold water enema with a hose hooked up to the hydrant on full blast. He is definitely no cherry himself. It might actually work to awaken his senses enough to realize that this is not the two centuries ago. Women deserve respect just like men and they have earned the right.

  9. Mindy
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    How to make women stay away from Mt Isa in droves. I wonder if the female population will actually diminish in Mt Isa?

    Maybe they need their own tv show – Miner needs a Wife. Or even better, get those Laddette to Lady women over to run the miners through a course or three on how to be nice to women.

  10. tigtog
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  11. Arctic Firefox
    Arctic Firefox at |

    Oh, and by the way, I have no idea where Maloney got the 5:1 ratio in favour of men. I’m guessing he must have made it up.

    From the ABS 2006 census, there are 19,664 residents in the Mount Isa local government area. 10,338 are men, while 9,326 are women. That’s 52.6% to 47.4%, hardly the 83% to 17% Maloney suggested.

    Another report I read claimed that the 5:1 ratio was a reference to people aged 20-24. But the census data shows that of the 1,596 Mount Isa residents in that age group, 772 (48.4%) are women, and 824 (51.6%) are men … which is a better ratio than the overall situation!

    Then I thought Maloney might be talking about single women and men, but even there the discrepancy was in line with the overall trend.

    So not only did the Mayor offend an enormous amount of people with his comments, he didn’t even get the numbers right.

    Source: ABS census 2006, downloadable file

  12. tigtog
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    AF, that is deliciously wonderful – he’s not just a sexist twerp, he can’t even count!

  13. trueman
    trueman at |

    Have you ever been to Mt Isa ?
    If you had you would know what the Mayor was talking about . You political correct boring tea swillers.

  14. tigtog
    tigtog at |

    I’ll have trueman know, sir, that I am swilling whisky!

  15. fuckpoliteness
    fuckpoliteness at |

    “TruuuuuuuuuuuueMaaaaaaaaaaaaan” – sorry, just sounded like the sort of thing you’d have to try saying with an “I’m so fucking (try)hard drawl”.

  16. fuckpoliteness
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    And sorry dude…but reread…wokka wokka wokka has kept me laughing all week

  17. iñaki
    iñaki at |

    I grew up in Mount Isa but I left when I was 19 or so never to go back. Wish I could get the bit of my brain that holds the memories of the place removed.

  18. Deus Ex Macintosh
    Deus Ex Macintosh at |

    I’m fat, I’m disabled, I’m there!!!

  19. fuckpoliteness
    fuckpoliteness at |

    Gonna find us some TRUE MEN to cure us of our penis-hating, tea-swilling, fun-eschewing, sex-loathing, carin-about-other-an-shit ways. Woot. I always wanted to be rescued by a knight with a shiny tinny.

  20. trueman
    trueman at |

    well if wokka wokka is your favourite book, good for you! keep trying champ you’ll get there. a b c d ? x y z
    and my opinion has as much gravity as yours swt hrt

    [disemvoweled text has been bolded by the moderator]

  21. fuckpoliteness
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  22. tigtog
    tigtog at |

    Well, someone‘s just revealed themselves as someone who has not read the post or thread closely enough to get the wokka-wokka-wokka reference.

    That same someone has obviously not read our comments policy, either.

  23. fuckpoliteness
    fuckpoliteness at |

    :) I did have to go and look it up on the net to be absolutely *sure* that wokka wokka wokka was not also a book.

    Never fear, it isn’t a book, it’s apparently just that *True Men* don’t eat quiche, or come up with halfway decent comebacks, or read posts properly before pissing all over the author and anyone who agrees with the post.

  24. trueman
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  25. Arctic Firefox
    Arctic Firefox at |

    In Mount Isa, at least 100 people (that’s right, women and men) took part in a protest against Mayor Maloney’s comments last night. His reaction: the women who attended the rally were “beauty disadvantaged” themselves and needed to “get over it”.

    Translated: “You don’t agree with me, so you’re ugly too. Because I said so. NUR NUR!”


    And I’m still trying to work out why journalists continue to use the inaccurate 5:1 male to female ratio instead of doing a bit of research. Come on, it took me less than ten minutes!

    “Get over it,” says Mt Isa mayor

  26. aimee
    aimee at |

    When its made out they will sleep with anything then why would women want to go?
    i’m movingto queensland from the uk, i want to get around and seethe place, drunk slobs after a jump… think i’ll stay away thnks!!

  27. Helen
    Helen at |

    Oh yay – the Mayor of Mount Isa gets a serve from Twisty!

    Also noteworthy, but certainly not surprising, is the outcry from Mount Isa’s male element… They resent the implication that they would be willing to sully their glittering, top-shelf dongs with sub-par meatsocks.

    As always, hammer, meet nail, with a side serve of oh-shit-i’ve got -to-replace-yet-another-keyboard.

  28. Helen
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    Oh sorry, link.

  29. Helen
    Helen at |

    Gah, I meant, not Sorry Link as in sorry to my old highschool boyfriend Link (as in Wray, but couldn’t play guitar), but I forgot to provide the link.

    Is this a new record for me posting additional comments fixing up previous comments? Blame Friday night Chardonnay.

  30. tigtog
    tigtog at |

    Blame Friday night Chardonnay.


    My Friday night pinot noir would like to make its acquaintance.

  31. fuckpoliteness
    fuckpoliteness at |

    *Hides sober study-til-midnight session in corner in shame*

    That link was divine Helen. I’m embarrassed to say I’ve not made it to Twisty’s blog before. I think I have a new literary crush!

  32. Helen
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    Oh, you are in for a treat FP.

  33. fuckpoliteness
    fuckpoliteness at |

    I know, I know, I love her already, my GOD she’s sharp!

  34. Helen
    Helen at |

    Actually, I had assumed incorrectly that your writing was influenced by hers. Cool.

  35. fuckpoliteness
    fuckpoliteness at |

    *Claps hands* that’s the nicest thing I’ve heard in a while. Yay. :)

  36. David
    David at |

    There is, of course, an obvious solution to the poor blokes of Mt Isa … break out the baby oil!

    They wouldn’t be poofters, they’d just be mates. Who had sex with each other.

  37. amandaw
    amandaw at |

    Wait a second. Calling the protesters ugly DOESN’T EVEN MAKE SENSE. They’re ASKING for “ugly” women! WTF?

  38. Bene
    Bene at |

    So they’re going to attempt to denigrate their opponents by calling them ugly, then insist that they will be friendly to ugly women.

    You’re right, amandaw, it is a bit of a logical dilemma, but I can’t say that it’s atypical, considering the wokka.

    btw, does ‘wokka wokka wokka’ mean something else in Oz? Here in the US it’s just something Fozzie Bear says.

  39. fuckpoliteness
    fuckpoliteness at |

    I’m not gonna be able to look at Fozzie Bear without imagining him pissed and slurring “Get it while it’s hot” now…

  40. fuckpoliteness
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    Amandaw @ 48 – I think though it was the women protesting his offensive comments he was calling ‘beauty challenged’.

  41. fuckpoliteness
    fuckpoliteness at |

    Gyyyaaaarrrggghhh! Better a muppet than a Mt Isa mayor though…

  42. Bene
    Bene at |

    Lauredhel, you had to break my brane again, dammit…

  43. John Pine
    John Pine at |

    Hello Everyone,

    Firstly, thankyou for such a great laugh.

    Secondly, regarding the protest, most of the ladies their were *_not_* “beauty disadvantaged”, despite the custom built t-shirts saying so. I know, because I was there.

    Thirdly, many people that I have met in Mt Isa since 22 Feb 08 are here for work. 12hr shifts are normal/typical, not long. Working 6-7 days/week is normal/typical. 12hrs/day * 7 days/week = 84 redefines a full time position. People like me consider anything less that 40 hrs/week as part time. Typically, lately I’ve been working 64-66 hrs/week, and that’s taking some afternoons off. People here work and party hard, in a lot of cases a relationship just isn’t on the radar/part of the plan.

    John Pine

    [postal address redacted – no need to sign off with it here, John. ~L]

  44. Deus Ex Macintosh
    Deus Ex Macintosh at |

    Gyyyaaaarrrggghhh! Better a muppet than a Mt Isa mayor though…

    In British parlance, you’d say the mayor IS a muppet.

  45. polerin
    polerin at |

    Lauredhel: you broke me. badly. It was funny because of the fozzie reference, but when you explained what was in your brain… oh my god my ears are bleeding again.. back later.

  46. hahaha
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    one kiwi bloke be worth more than five ozzie blokes in the bush…

    signed kiwi spud muffin….

  47. John Pine
    John Pine at |

    Hello all,

    Just a little update…apparently the Beer Goggles ball (100 singles of each gender) was a huge success.

  48. Mindy
    Mindy at |

    John MoloneyMolony has won an “Ernie” for his comments. Well done John. You probably think it’s an honour.

    [spelling corrected so that innocent British comedians are not blamed to comments made by drongo Aussie mayors ~tt]

  49. Chrissie
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    If the mayor, being an ugly old chauvinistic prick, is representative of the male population of Isa then its no wonder women are leaving in droves. Way to kill off your gene pool gents!

  50. enil8tor
    enil8tor at |

    It’s a minority of guys who f#*k it for the rest of us, give us a bad name but alot of man and women come out here to better there lives and set themselves up for life, i can understand why people don’t come out here cause it is a shithole but, you never know ladies you might find the man of ya dreams out here, the pay is equal if not better then the big citys.

  51. paceo
    paceo at |

    Hi guys i read all your comments and you all carry good points.
    I am from MT ISA in fact i was born there and i enjoyed my life there,I was a rat bag, hand girl friends and had great friends and made many attempts to drink the clubs dry.
    As for the girls thinking of a life in this little mining town just remember there has been alot of great man and woman rise from this place and i wonder if they would be were they are today if they didnt come from MT Isa,,i wonder.

  52. Helen
    Helen at |

    Good on you Paceo.
    What city do you live in now?
    It would be great to live in a mining town and save the high wage, but not many people seem to do the saving thing. Or do they? Is the rent / cost of fresh food very high?
    I guess this mining downturn is changing things very rapidly too. I read a list today of mining companies who are laying off workers – read like a Who’s Who of mining. Very scary.

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