January 16th, 2013 → 6:34 am @ // No Comments

“Rich she shall be, that’s certain;
wise, or I’ll none;
virtuous, or I’ll never cheapen her;
fair, or I’ll never look on her;
mild, or come not near me;
noble, or not I for an angel;
of good discourse, an excellent musician, and her hair shall be –
of what colour it please God.”  – Much Ado About Nothing

I keep reading about booming fracking towns like Williston, North Dakota, where unemployment is less than 1% and money and men abound.  The problem is that women do not, and in many of these places the ratio is like 2:1 men to women.  Apparently this scarcity of women has led to a lot of crazy things, but what stuck me in the article this morning was the coining of the term “Williston 10” for women that normally would be considered average, but in Williston seem a perfect 10.  I can’t tell if this is funny, or offensive.  I mean, it does follow basic economic theory, that as scarcity increases so does value, so I should praise its core economic logic.  But at the same time, we’re talking people here!  All I know is that Benedick would definitely have a hard time getting a date in Williston.

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