Go West, Girl, Via The Subway Of Love, To Get A Bloke
Tuesday August 26, 2008
SINGLE women, if you want a man in Melbourne, you'll need to leave bayside Elwood and head to the bachelor hot spot, Footscray.In his latest book, Man Drought and Other Social Issues of the New Century, demographer Bernard Salt explores the male drought striking single women in their 30s and worsening through life, and the "sheila shortage" for men in their 20s.Based on 2006 census figures, the book investigates the chances of love in a capital city, where women seek work and culture (and men), leaving men tied to farms and rural jobs."What I see happening across Australia is clustering by gender, it's almost like a gender divide is opening up," Mr Salt says."Whereas once people just sat around and waited for Mr Right or Ms Right to cross their paths, what I'm saying is, that's not necessarily the right strategy any more, you might have to move."In his book, Mr Salt says any new rail line from Footscray to Caulfield should come with a spur line to Elwood.For every single woman in Footscray, there are 1.85 single men aged 25-34. In Elwood, there are 1.39 single women aged 25-34 for every man."We could call this new rail link the Subway of Love," he says.For those not prepared to move for their mate, Mr Salt offers advice on how to work the numbers.There are more boys than girls in Australia and the shortage of women reaches its peak at the age of 22. By 32, there is an equal number of men and women."Women should use their numbers advantage in their 20s to trial and road-test potential partners," Mr Salt says."But they need to make sure they lock down their quarry into a commitment by 33."For men, on the other hand, the strategy is completely different. No matter how good the offers are in their 20s, men should hold out. "There are even better odds later in life. And if they can hold out until 90 there are two girls for every boy," he says.This month Mount Isa Mayor John Molony caused a storm by suggesting less-attractive women try their luck in his town."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," Cr Molony said.But Australia's "man dam" is actually the Queensland town of Glenden, where one single woman aged in her 40s lives among 23 single men of similar age.Man Drought and Other Social Issues of the New Century went on sale yesterday.