Ita Buttrose, an Australian journalist and businesswoman, is probably best-remembered as the founding editor of Cleo, a high-circulation magazine aimed at women aged 20 to 40 that was ground-breakingly frank about sexuality. In its infancy it even featured nude male centrefolds.
In her new book A Guide to Australian Etiquette, Buttrose, twice voted Australia’s most admired woman, has identified moral chaos in supermarket aisles, elevators and on walkways.
The book is at its best when Buttrose scolds, particularly with a squeamish undertone:
Don’t wear singlet tops with trousers to the opera, theatre or ballet. Have some respect for the other patrons and don’t expose them to your armpits, especially hairy ones, as they can be particularly repulsive.”
When you make your way to your seat, you should face the people you have to pass. Don’t put your bottom in their faces.”