Australia - traditionally a strong competitor for the UN's annual
"It's a Man's Man's Man's Man's Man's Man's World" prize - has
once again demonstrated the level of sensitivity and equality
that make the remote island a prime spot for all-male drumming
circles, "Iron John" fan club meetings and group rate wife beater
It was only a couple of years ago that the Aussie sporting powers-that-be
dressed up the Olympic women's basketball team in tight-fitting catsuits. Now
these same powers have produced a nude calendar featuring members of the
Australian national women's soccer team, playfully nicknamed "the Matildas."
The calendar features "tasteful" photos, according to Australian Women's Soccer
Association president Shirley Brown, who also admitted that women's sport is
"still considered second rate in Australia."
Some of the tasteful photos in the calendar include full-frontal nudity with two
teammates posing together in a manner suggesting mild lesbian ticklefests are
just around the next corner. "I'm really proud of the photos," said Matildas'
player Alicia Ferguson.
Unsurprisingly, experts estimate that only 11 people - all female - in
Australia find the calendar to be in poor taste.