Cal­en­dar ig­nites war of the sexes

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A WAR of the sexes has been de­clared in Aus­tralia over the pop­u­lar 2011 Pirelli Cal­en­dar com­pe­ti­tion.

Part­nered by tyre gi­ant Pirelli, Cars­guide has six cal­en­dars to give away (of the mere 200 that come into the coun­try as gifts for a se­cret list of VIPs).

And men and women are at log­ger­heads in their com­pe­ti­tion en­tries, in which they have to com­ment on whether the im­ages in our gallery from this year’s cal­en­dar – pho­tographed by the le­gendary fashion de­signer Karl Lager­feld, the mae­stro of Chanel – will ap­peal as much to women as to men.

Cu­ri­ously, it’s the male en­trants who seem to think it won’t ap­peal equally to women. And the fe­male en­trants are dis­agree­ing with them.

Queens­land en­trants em­braced the de­bate, with Bob Miles say­ing: ‘‘No, be­cause it is es­sen­tially blokey and be­longs in the shed rather than the kitchen.’’ Karyn Reiman par­ried that in fact it would ap­peal to ‘‘mostly women . . . a bit too arty for most Aussie blokes’’.

Karen Kelsey agreed: ‘‘Art does not know gen­der, these pho­tos are stun­ning.’’

But not Shane Ross: ‘‘Not to my wife as she likes rugged­look­ing men with a bit of chest hair rather than per­fect body and mag­a­zine looks.’’

Peter Lawler cited an out­stand­ing pre­vi­ous cal­en­dar: ‘‘Yes, it should ap­peal to the fairer sex, but in re­al­ity, I think Lager­feld missed it. Not to the stan­dard of ‘Jun­gle’ cal­en­dar of 2010.’’

And Roslyn and Barry Plumb thought his­tory might weigh against it: ‘‘Prob­a­bly not be­cause of years of fea­tur­ing only beau­ti­ful girls – nice try any­way.’’

And then there were those who got a bit con­fused with their geog­ra­phy, an­swer­ing the ques­tion as to which Aus­tralian state they came from as New Zealand. It might not look that way, Ki­wis, but we’re fairly sure you’re still an in­de­pen­dent coun­try and there­fore not el­i­gi­ble to en­ter, sorry. You can’t blame them for try­ing.

Only 10,000 of the fa­mous cal­en­dars are printed ev­ery year for the en­tire globe, and none is for sale.

Each of the six cal­en­dars in our com­pe­ti­tion will be won by one reader in one of six state group­ings – NSW/ACT, Vic­to­ria, Queens­land, South Aus­tralia/NT, Western Aus­tralia and Tas­ma­nia.

And if they tell us about their tyre pur­chases, all en­trants could win a set of Pirelli Cin­tu­rato tyres.

FAIRER SEX: Ju­lianne Moore and Elisa Sed­naoui (inset), pho­tographed by Karl Lager­feld for the 2011 Pirelli Cal­en­dar

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