We all remember calendar girls – back then the naked calendar was somewhat taboo. Yet now everyone seems to be doing them. A great way to make money, especially as it gives everyone the chance to have a giggle – even if it is at your own expense.
So of course on Saturday morning I found myself walking in the torrential rain to the University Students Union to bare all for charity. At about 10.22am I am beginning to question why I agreed to this, however at this point I was already there – so turning back was no longer an option. Radio broadcast on the other hand was.
In my bag were two cuddly toys to cover my lady parts, thankfully they were large enough for the task despite my failure to check beforehand. Before I knew what was going on the clothes were off and poses were being struck. A fairly liberating experience yet intensely bizarre – one of those things to cross of the bucket list, even if like me, you’re not 100% sure it was on there in the first place. One more thing tried, one less thing to do, one more thing to be embarrassed about!
Despite the embarrassing laugh I had at my own expense, talking to others I found that some people are certainly not keen on the naked calendar idea. T would seem there are concerns that people would be intimidated by others bodies and perhaps bullying would occur. In my mind this is not the case. We’re not posing for page 3 after all – you can’t see anything, in my own experience two cuddly toys were covering my top half whilst Bridget Jones style knickers were covering everything else – so very far from sexy, I’m hardly going to be the centrefold of next weeks playboy magazine!
Concerns aside the naked calendar continues to be a money maker and popular fundraiser for charities. If people will buy the calendars and people will take part in them – why not?
Has the naked calendar had its day? Do they promote the wrong ideas about body image? Or are they just a great fundraising idea and a bit of a laugh?
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