Mapping the way through the drought

12 Apr

Stories about the man shortage in Sydney have been cropping up in the media for a number of years. As a single woman with many female friends in the same situation, I followed the stories wondering if a religious vocation was a good alternative to living alone and keeping an unreasonable number of cats. 

Then in 2008 Bernard Salt’s Man Drought was published. Hurrah, I thought, finally some insight! Instead I found it contained helpful information like ‘try hanging out at Auburn Bunnings, or better still, Auburn Home Mega Mall.’ But instead of panicking as I ran my eye over the statistics Salt presented, I felt optimistic. All the articles in the media seemed to be missing the point. Ok, there are less single men than women out there but there are still about 352,000 bachelors in Sydney alone.

This figure played on my mind for some time. These single men must be doing something when they’re not working. Surely they shopped, ate, played sport and socialised like the rest of the community. So where were they? My friends and I never seemed to meet any single guys when we were out.

Then I realised the underlying problem. My friends and I generally socialised in the same places, with the same groups of people. We’d already met all the regulars and nothing had eventuated. Surely if we shifted our social patterns, we’d be more likely to meet new men. We just had to work out which locations gave us the best odds.

And so my ManMap mission began. I’ve been spending my weekends hopping from bar to pub to park to festival to market to gallery on the hunt for locations with high percentages of single men. My goal is to create a handy little guidebook to Sydney for single women looking for single men. I hope that by recording my adventures on this blog, single women will feel more positive about their situation. After all, there’s 352,000 single guys out there. Most of us are looking for just one.

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11 Responses to “Mapping the way through the drought”

  1. Louise @ ahhserenity April 13, 2010 at 11:34 am #

    I love the topic… there will be a lot of interest out there. Great start!

    • luciestevens April 13, 2010 at 7:06 pm #

      Thanks Louise! Please pass it on to any single ladies you know! If I need some peace after running around surveying guys, I’ll visit your blog. 🙂

  2. Athenapallas April 13, 2010 at 8:51 pm #

    Men men men. What about Gods you must track them as well. Many men act like Gods, some men look like them but there a few who really are. And when you find them pleeeease let me know. 2500 years of virginity is getting me down.
    This is such fun. I’ll be following you all the way.

    • Lucie Stevens April 14, 2010 at 2:29 pm #

      Oh Athenapalla – time to kick off your sandals and have some fun! I’ll keep my eye out for Gods for you…any tips on how to recognise them?

  3. hope4urheart April 14, 2010 at 8:04 pm #

    Hi Lucie, it is freaky I have so much in common with you. I bought the book last year too (LOL!) But I am hopeful – he will find you! I’m glad you’re going to NYC it is an amazing city 🙂 You’re writing was informative, courageous and entertaining. You go girl!

  4. goovey April 18, 2010 at 10:29 pm #

    Great! I love your idea. Can you find me a Cowgirl, too?

    • Lucie Stevens April 19, 2010 at 6:31 pm #

      I’ll do my best Goovey, although I don’t think we have many little cows hanging out nearby. I’ll keep an eye out in the Botanic Gardens though – lots of nice grass there for cows to munch on!

  5. ceade April 18, 2010 at 11:48 pm #

    Hi there Lucie, what a great idea. I think you’ll have a huge following in Sydney. It’s a bit of a challenge. I’ve given up on Sydney – there doesn’t seem to be a lot of quality out there. For me, I think it’s time to look further afield (Europe maybe?) Oh, I hear Melbourne is a better option than Sydney for cultured, single men … I look forward to reading more of your adventures …

    • Lucie Stevens April 19, 2010 at 6:35 pm #

      Don’t give up hope Carolyn! I’ve met heaps of nice guys when I’ve been surveying. You just have to know where to go! Melbourne has a man drought too but if you do find yourself down there, get in touch with the crowd from 100 Dates – you’ll find the link in my side bar.

  6. hope4urheart April 19, 2010 at 12:56 pm #

    Good luck with your book Lucie, and might see you at the SWF.

  7. Rachael April 21, 2010 at 11:43 am #

    Thank GOD for you Lucie … us single gals could use all the help we can get.

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