Nude Calendars are nothing new - raunchy images
of scantily clad women have been appearing on calendars for
years. Recently, however, a new trend has emerged, which involves
putting everyday people in the spotlight - nude, of course.
The last couple of years have seen growing numbers of community
or sporting organizations come up with their own version of
a nude calendar, often to raise funds for charity. Those bold
enough to take the plunge volunteer to get naked and have their
photograph taken. Most of the time the photos are tasteful,
with arty lighting and carefully-placed props to obscure the
most important parts. Even so, it takes courage to present yourself
to the world in such a way.
The movie "Calendar Girls" is a dramatization of one
such charity calendar. The British Women's Institute is an organization
devoted to traditional pursuits such as knitting and baking.
Faced with a dearth of funds in 1999, the WI ladies decided
to go out on a limb and pose nude for a calendar. The Yorkshire
women weren't young, or standard pinup girl material, but they
earned fame and respect for their daring. The film stars Julie
Walters and Helen Mirren.
In a similar vein is the Tasmania older women's "Bare
to Be Different" calendar, which aims to present a
positive view of aging. First started in 1999, the 2004 version
is now on sale.
In 1999 the Australian Women's Soccer team earned much controversy
(and possibly quite a lot of money) by posing for their own
calendar. The Olympic team were trying to lift their profile
and raise money for their next campaign and the result was a
huge media circus. Many said they weren't doing women's sport
a favour because they had once again reduced it to mere "perve
material". The players, however, said they were proud of
the photos, some of which were full frontal shots. They said
they were expressing themselves and the pictures were "tasteful".
At the time of writing the nude calendar trend has exploded,
with many smaller local community organizations prepared to
bare all. It's almost becoming a little mundane!
12 January 2004
Woman suspended from work after appearing in charity calendar
A German woman who worked for children's charity Caritas
has been suspended because she appeared partially naked in a
calendar designed to raise money for cancer. The organization
told her they would not tolerate "tasteless behaviour" and that
it went against the values of their Catholic ethos. This in
spite of the fact that the calendar made over 14,000 pounds
for the local oncology ward.
I feel like saying "Ummm, guys, Jesus told us to help the sick
and the needy. He never actually said 'Thou shalt not get naked.'"
and full story here.
April 4, 2004 - From
the Miami Herald: "With bulging biceps, six-pack abs
and smoldering eyes, four of the city's bravest heroes will
compete this month before a throng of 700 women for a chance
to heat up the pages of the 2005 South Florida Firefighters
Calendar." Woohoo, giddy up!
September 1, 2004 - And the Bare to Be Different ladies
of Tasmania have released their latest nude calendar (see Sex
News for more details). I just have to link to their gallery
- great to see older women having fun and feeling proud of their
September 30, 2004 - Another quirky nude calendar, this
one featuring the old folks from the Palmerston
Court Aged Hostel in Melbourne. Hilariously, the biggest
problem was that so many residents wanted to be in it.
"They had a meeting about props
and everyone showed up, even those who weren't involved,"
the photographer Kayla Lightfoot said. "All the old women
-- they were so keen, flicking their bra straps off.
"I did see a few pacemakers," she
December 1, 2004 - In Britain, nudists
have been protesting about the growing popularity of charity
nude calendars. Apprently they're not happy because the
models don't show everything, and thus are helping to
maintain the idea that genitals are shameful. Nude calendars
are now extremely popular: around 100 of them are being churned
out every year.
* Note - above entries taken from the For
The Girls blog
York Men go naked for charity - 15 November
Related Articles and Sites
calendar phenomenon is taking off - AZ Central, 7 Jan 2004
Girls Review - The Guardian
footballers kick up a fuss - BBC
Institute reveals naked ambition - BBC
Calendar Watch - this great site lists all the charity and
fundraising nude calendars created over the last couple of years.
See also Australian
Nude Calendars - I'm an Aussie, this is worth documenting!
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