Confession time. I do not now, nor have I ever worn deodorant. I’ve always disliked its smell, and the vague rumours that its aluminium content might be unhealthy. And I don’t use antiperspirant, since it seems perverse to do so in our hot climate, where sweat serves the serious purpose of keeping our bodies cool.
I’m lucky. I live in a society with ample hot water, and I can bathe or shower daily – twice a day in hot weather – and wear fresh clothing every day. This seems quite adequate – or at least, my nearest and dearest have yet to tell me otherwise.
But I never knew before that my personal habits made me un-Australian.
In this morning’s Australian, the opposition citizenship spokeswoman Teresa Gambaro has called for mandatory ‘cultural awareness training’ for immigrants, so that they can learn how to fit into Australian culture on issues such as health, hygiene and lifestyle. Continue reading