Hapless "hoosegow honey" horndogs

Some guy in Iowa gets his rocks off by hosting a mug-shot beauty contest.

Published July 18, 2006 2:29PM (EDT)

Oh good God. This is just moronic. Yesterday Boing Boing picked up a story about some online brainiac (also known as conservative blogger David Burge of Iowahawk) who gets his rocks off by publishing the mug shots of women who have been arrested and brought to the Des Moines Polk County Jail. Recently, he decided to hold a contest, publishing photos of the arrestees he deems attractive enough and asking readers to vote for the "Hawkeye Hoosegow Honey of the Year."

Jessica at Feministing calls the whole contest "so classy it hurts," but I was particularly moved by Boing Boing's post, which -- correct me if I'm wrong -- seems pretty freakin' charmed by the whole pathetic episode and blithely reports "Jesika" as the winner of the contest.

Meanwhile, Iowahawk has already posted a photo nomination (from someone named "Cletus of Des Moines") for next year's contest: a sad young woman whose age, height, weight, alleged crime and bail amount he also reveals. Because that is exactly what passes for titillating thrills in Iowahawk's and Cletus' world.

Boys, get a hobby.

By Rebecca Traister

Rebecca Traister writes for Salon. She is the author of "Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women" (Free Press). Follow @rtraister on Twitter.

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