Calendar ignites war of the sexes
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