The Warwick rowing team gets naked for a good cause: fighting anti-gay bullying in schools and sports.
One of the newer ancient traditions of Britain’s Warwick University is the nude calendar produced by their rowing team. This year, funds raised from the calendar will be going to benefit the Ben Cohen Stand Up Foundation, an anti-bullying group founded by rugby star Ben Cohen.
Too often we’re told that men aren’t sexually attractive, that women are the only sexy gender, that nobody wants to look at men’s bodies. And too often, athletes get caught up in a macho mindset that tolerates homophobic bullying as part of an assertion of a crude, unenlightened masculinity. So, if you’re interested in exploring new ideals of manhood in the 21st century, as we are here at the Good Men Project, this fundraiser is in two-birds-with-one-stone territory.
There’s a trailer for the calendar here, but be warned: it’s a bunch of British boys with the bodies of a college rowing team, frolicking by a riverside butt-naked. Mind you, for some of our readers, that’s less a warning than an enthusiastic recommendation, but whatever your tastes, it’s a damned good cause to support.