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Share A Secret Reviewed

Share A Secret Reviewed looks at the weekly Share A Secret column in Australia's biggest-selling magazine, Woman's Day. We at Gusworld love it, and we hope you will too. We don't give away the plot (that would be unfair and a possible breach of copyright); we just tell you what the headline is and describe the stunning artwork that goes with it.

Woman's Day dated June 3rd, 1996

I STOLE OTHER PEOPLE'S KNICKERS

Life was tough as a single mum, and new clothes just a dream. Then she saw a some pretty undies on her neighbour's line . . .

Before you ask, the typo above ("a some") is reproduced directly from the magazine, lending credence to last week's conspiracy theory that Share A Secret is losing its stature within the magazine -- it's on page 47 this week.

Poverty as an incentive for snowdropping is certainly an unusual story, but not so unusual as a clothes line so far above the ground that the sky can be seen clearly at waist height. But you get that when you fake pictures indoors. We can tell the woman pictured is a tough single mum, because she's wearing a lemon yellow singlet. She's also stealing a slip rather than knickers, but I guess that just builds the suspense.

Parenthetically, Woman's Day appears to be quelling its right-wing tendencies. While the letters pages are still filled by mad old trouts saying "bring back national service" and "fancy a nice choccie sponge?", there was an almost sympathetic story on the Paxtons the other week, and now there's an admission that being a single mother may not be a riotous orgy of sexual reproduction and pension scams. Will it end here? Probably, but there's always hope.


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