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article imageOp-Ed: Australian Men’s Weekly: Honoured woman elevated to cover

By Richard Milnes     Nov 25, 2012 in Lifestyle
In a possible case of blatant sexism the Australian Men’s Weekly arrogantly proclaims that it has ‘elevated’ an ‘honoured’ and ’worthy’ lone ‘Sheila’ to feature on the cover for the first time in over fifteen years.
In a press release the Australian Men’s Weekly (which contrary to its name is a monthly magazine) announces the following:
Deborra-Lee Furness is The Australian Men's Weekly’s cover-Sheila
In an historic break from time-honoured tradition, the cover of Australia’s biggest selling magazine has been given over to a 'Sheila'.
Award-winning Aussie actress Deborra-Lee Furness graces the cover of the November edition of the Australian Men’s Weekly (on sale October 24) with a revealing story about the day her mother walked out on her.
Not since 1997 has a lone woman been elevated to the coveted Men’s Weekly cover.
“There are very few women on the planet, let alone in Australia, who are worthy of The Weekly cover. For her talent, achievements and almost universal likeability, Deborra-Lee has made the grade,” says Editor-in-Chief, Harry McCabe.
"It's the first time we've had a woman on the cover of The Weekly in over fifteen years and I think the readers will agree that Deborra-Lee is a worthy recipient of the honour."
In a wide-ranging interview Furness reveals how she has reconciled with her mother who walked out on her family when Deborra-Lee was only eight years old. She also tells how she sidelined Hollywood for her kids (even though they sometimes make her furious), and reveals that instead of becoming one of the world's highest paid movie stars, she could have been a minister.
Article translation guide:
Note to readers. The following is a translation guide as to how to interpret this satirical article:
Hugh Jackman = Deborra-Lee Furness
Deborra-Lee = Hugh
Furness = Jackman
Men = women
Actress = actor
Her = him
Him = her
She = He
Woman = man
Women = men
Harry = Helen
Sheila = bloke
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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