As they have every year since 2009, the rowing team at England’s Warwick University has gotten naked to raise money for an anti-homophobia charity.
The rowers have stripped down to produce an annual nude calendar, the proceeds of which will benefit Sport Allies, an organization that aims to combat homophobia and transphobia through the power of sports.
In its five years of existence, the project has proven to be a valuable fundraiser, selling over 15,000 copies in its last edition. A large part of this success is due to the crew team’s enviable physiques, but just as important is the calendar’s tasteful adherence to the Austin Powers rule of nudity: All the rowers, even the coxswains, are just barely covered up in the crucial areas.
Similar images from the men’s calendar remain on the site without issue.
It seems likely that male nudity reads as fun and flirty, while similar shots of women read as pornographic. Fortunately, after a large amount of international press coverage, Facebook reversed its stance – the women’s team would be allowed to promote their calendar on social media just like the boys.
Both teams are currently raising funds to print and distribute their 2015 calendars. Go here to donate to the men’s team, and go here to donate to the women’s team. If you need more inspiration, click here to watch the men’s team’s (slightly NSFW) behind-the-scenes video. Warning: There will be butts.