Women are usually the ones who flaunt their sexuality and naked bodies, in line with the cultural script that emphasises ‘attractiveness’ over ‘competence’ for women. However, in a subversive twist of gender norms, a group of male students in England has been putting themselves in the sexual spotlight. For the past seven years, the Warwick University students have been stripping nude for charity. Curtis Wong writes for The Huffington Post.
The Warwick Rowers say their steamy calendar has a rejuvenated mission for LGBTQ people who are struggling to move forward following the Brexit vote and the shocking election of Donald Trump in the U.S.
For the past seven years, the Rowers, who are students at England’s Warwick University, have been stripping nude for their annual calendars. Initially, the project was intended as a team fundraiser, but over the years, developed a loyal following among gay men. Nowadays, proceeds from the sexy shoots go to Sport Allies, a U.K. advocacy organization aimed at combating homophobia in team sports.
“We’re here with our boats, our oars and no clothes to show that your true identity is the best way to be,” one of the men revealed in a behind-the-scenes video of this year’s calendar, which can be viewed above. Added another: “I’m naked for inclusion!”
No doubt the release of the 2017 edition has an added poignancy as the world grapples with Brexit and the prospect of a Trump presidency. Given that both events prompted an uptick in hate crimes against the LGBTQ community and other minority groups, the calendar’s creators feel that challenging homophobia is more crucial than ever.
Read the full article at Huffington Post Queer Voices.
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