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Male Rowers Get Naked to Fight Homophobia While Facebook Censors Female Rowers

Naked Rowers Calendar: See the Best Photos of the Warwick Rowing Team
The Warwick University men's rowing team
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updated 07/29/2014 AT 02:45 PM EDT

originally published 07/29/2014 AT 11:15 AM EDT

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.





But while the men's calendar regularly goes viral every summer, their female counterparts were caught in a censorship battle during the middle of production for their 2015 calendar.

In mid-July, shots from the women's calendar, which benefits Macmillan Cancer Support, were removed from Facebook after the social network claimed they violated the site's community standards.



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.


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