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Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Finally, statistical evidence for one of my cunning theories

This post might get me in trouble... but here it goes anyway.

I've long discussed with other Auckland guys how Auckland women tend to be... shall we say... bitches. Stuck-up sullen bitches to be precise. But not all of them, oh no, because especially in the 'burbs you can find very nice ladies. Unfortunately the spastic nature of Auckland's configuration makes it a little hard to find younger female suburb dwellers, unless its late one night at a club. To be perfectly honest, the sad nature of Auckland women is a pretty good reason for men my age to take a long-lasting OE in an exotic country. Now I know for a fact Kiwi women from other cities are rather a lot nicer, and foreign girls who hang around the CBD and the University (no, AUT doesn't count) are also very pleasant. So what is it about Auckland which makes the home-grown women this way?

Now Andrei at The Age of Unreason has spotted some statistical data which might support my highly subjective unscientific observations. Thanks to this study we know there are 7% more Kiwi women than men between the ages of 21 and 49 in NZ. And this fits with my observation, because obviously many men give up and go overseas to look for more pleasant women. That leaves the unpleasant Auckland women to spend their days watching McKinnon's Parsnip Farm or whatever its called. And good on them, because thats what we men find attractive - women who can name dormant actors from an Aussie soap.

Let the flaming begin.

Posted by Antarctic Lemur | 3/30/2005 02:41:00 AM


Anonymous tinker, tailor, soldier .. .. .. said...

The phenomenon is not limited to the Auckland variety, I promise you.

3/30/2005 09:16:00 AM  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

I was trying to be nice, you know, throw the dog a bone.

3/30/2005 02:45:00 PM  
Blogger Adolf Fiinkensein said...

AL, you are digging a deep deep hole. Might pay to stop digging. "...throw the dog a bone?" Still, it's not quite as bad as the Aussie cockies who used to invite me to "come in and meet the cook.".

3/30/2005 02:55:00 PM  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

Ha.... okay, the last comment was a bitter remark driven by Xtra cutting my suburb off from the Internet for most of the afternoon. The bastards seem to upgrade their ADSL hardware DURING THE DAY, when people are ACTUALLY USING ADSL!

3/30/2005 03:00:00 PM  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

Come in and meet the cook aye.

3/30/2005 03:05:00 PM  
Blogger Lucyna said...

...obviously many men give up and go overseas to look for more pleasant women...

I thought they went overseas to make more money. Isn't it more of a man-thing to go roaming far and wide to bring back the dosh?

There was an article on this in the weekend paper, and I noticed that some demographer was saying that not to worry, the under 20's show more males, therefore it will balance itself out again... He was failing to account for when those under 20's hit over 20's, they're going to be outta here as well!

3/30/2005 03:39:00 PM  
Anonymous curious kitten said...

Fascinating theory AL. After all "nice" women are obviously more attractive ;-p

3/30/2005 03:44:00 PM  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

Every guy i know whos lived somewhere other than Auckland thinks the girls here are on average sullen and snobby. Why waste more time here when you could be having fun overseas?

And logically not many young people would move from high-growth Auckland to a smaller NZ city, so overseas is the only place left.

But you're right, for some people the only way up is seen to be out. Partly this is because some of our largest companies are crappy to work for. How many up and coming kiwis want to work for monopolistic Telecom? Or Vodafone, which is effectively just a big marketing company with a much smaller engineering section?

The fact many NZers don't come back is very telling on the attractiveness of the country and Auckland, not just present Government policies.

If you're a newly settled family looking for somewhere peaceful to live then I guess NZ is okay for you, but you'd have to weigh up the living costs here which are a higher proportion of your total income than in Oz, UK, or USA etc.

3/30/2005 03:48:00 PM  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

Theres a big difference between 'nice' (and by implication boring) and pleasant and fun.

3/30/2005 03:50:00 PM  
Blogger Lucyna said...

We came back because of the kids. Otherwise we would have stayed in Oz. It just seemed pointless to me to live out in the boondocks and then commute into Sydney when we could do it from here. What I didn't account for was the insane socialist govt! I'd gotten so used to just ignoring politics over there and getting on with it since we weren't allowed to vote anyway.

3/30/2005 03:53:00 PM  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

And insane they are - but NZers think they are part of the firmament! A very conservative (as in opposed to new ideas) country, made more so by many of the better kiwis leaving and not returning.

3/30/2005 04:00:00 PM  
Blogger Lucyna said...

I just wonder how much of an impact the returned expats are going to make this time around. There are quite a few besides just me, all with a feeling of "oh my goodness, what have I come back to?"

3/30/2005 04:38:00 PM  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

They need to make their thoughts heard - as loudly as possible. It would also help if we didn't have a Government completely clueless about what is attractive to younger ambitious people.

For example I don't appreciate paying for a crappy health system when I don't use it and it can't heal people fast enough. Nor do I appreciate paying twice or three times for superannuation. etc.

3/30/2005 04:46:00 PM  
Blogger Lucyna said...

hmmm, I know one guy who's very opinionated, who's come back from London, who may be persuaded to blog. Might just have to go and have wee chat to him ...

3/30/2005 05:04:00 PM  

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