Well, this is a fascinating Sydney Morning Herald article well worthy of paying attention where a region well known for its beautiful women are desperate for men of marriageable age as there so very few of such men.
The Brazilian village of Noiva do Cordeiro is nestled in Belo Vale, which translates as "beautiful valley". And it is not hard to see why according to the Telegraph in London.
The article notes that the majority of the village's residents are female and as gorgeous as the bougainvillea plants that blossom in the valley – moreover this area of Brazil is famous for producing great beauties (women for the initiated). More than that, many are single and in search of love.
Apparently the lopsided gender balance of the village stretches back to its roots in the late 19th century. Translating as "bride of the lamb", the village was founded by Maria Senhorinha de Lima, who settled here when she was accused of adultery and exiled from her church and home in 1891.
Cited was Kaila Fernandes who is 28: "I never worry about this side of life. I don't think about marriage. I am sure love will happen independent of the place. My love will arrive at the right time," she says.
But there are some handicaps with this village. Can you speak the national language, Portuguese. That might help big time. Are you willing to settle and essentially become a market gardener but on a larger scale. How might you select the "right one" amongst such lovelies. You'd need to be father material, big time.
Back up to Monday 1 September on the ABC's Q&A with a program titled "100% women 100% dangerous."
Compare Tony Jones introduced Panellist American novelist Alissa Nutting, saying that her dangerous idea is that women can be sexual predators too.
One of the interesting and challenging things Alissa Nutting explained was that there is growing concern, no, more than that, alarm, that in so much of the west today, there is a women's culture in the home - where there are no men.
Whilst none of the other Panellists were able to challenge this concern, none of the others voiced their undying support for the need of men in society, and herein lies the problem with the kind of radical feminism that such non-supportive sentiment this is associated.
The absent father is a real phenomena in our western society. I can recall in one local primary school where 85% of the children had no father in the home.
Moreover where the men are deemed unnecessary and simply trouble as promoted in this 100% women's culture. There is no such thing as a good man.
This is the issue with male teachers in primary schools today. No way, would a male teacher give a crying child a comfort hug in the play ground. Male teachers do not need the hassle of being compromised in an totally innocent situation of teacher-care.
Worse, no one listens when the noisy provocative radical feminists get involved or their type. The voice of reason goes straight down the plug hole and no one, but on one wants to be deemed a ... whatever .... as a result.
Little wonder so many male teachers are on disability. There is a need here for the pendulum to start to swing back somewhat.
Reversing the issue
This is a very interesting scenario. I wonder what might happen should the noisy element were put to the test, by reversing such accusation phenomena. Just as ridiculous are claims they make, putting people's lives on hold with false claims, what might be the response had the accusation been made in their direction, with claims of -
- child abuse - the claim: drumming this stuff into little one's at home day and night might well be recognised as abuse
- child indoctrination - the claim: what if DOCS visited their homes and gave them the run-around
- child behavioural issues - the claim: we are well aware that all kids shout and complain, and if their own households came to the attention of the authorities ....
The reality, is that sadly, this can be trial by accusation. It has been the maelstrom of many a man who has absolutely no hope against such aggressive and totally untrue onslaughts. Little wonder a man might well pack up, and leave his family as he sees no way forward.
As a Minister of 37 years, an industrial chaplain for 12 of those years, cricket chaplain since 1984, I've seen it all. I shudder for the future with radical feminism on the rampart. But there is some good news, such feminists from a previous generation who now have teenage son's have taken a different tact realising their own young men may well become subject to such abuse.
Dr Mark Tronson is a Baptist minister (retired) who served as the Australian cricket team chaplain for 17 years (2000 ret) and established Life After Cricket in 2001. He was recognised by the Olympic Ministry Medal in 2009 presented by Carl Lewis Olympian of the Century. He mentors young writers and has written 24 books, and enjoys writing. He is married to Delma, with four adult children and grand-children.
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