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fqoabny
Would like to know more about how the nudity has evolved over the years.  I have every film since 2012 with genitals blurred out,  to 2018 with the boys make virtually no effort to cover themselves.  Did the boys lead the way for more explicit nudity or did Angus?  Does the full frontal nudity make it harder to recruit new rowers?

Love the films and have already ordered 2019.
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Angus_wr
Good question!  My perspective is that the attitude towards nudity - among both the rowers and the production team - has changed as the message of the project has developed.

When the project was about funding the boat club, frontal nudity wasn't even a consideration.  It was way beyond the norms of "naked calendars".  

Once the project became a platform for campaigning for social change, we all started to re-examine the rules.  

The films were the starting point.  There was some confusion about how we would deal with nudity at first, which is why our 2012 film has pixellation.  Once we had discussed it, the guys could understand that it was difficult to make hour-long films about the shooting of a naked calendar without showing some frontal nudity.  

But the biggest change came with the launch of Sport Allies and the research that it funded.  We saw that we were raising awareness about how men's bodies are treated in our society, and what that represents in terms of homophobia, mysogyny and patriarchal privilege.  We saw that male frontal nudity could make a positive contribution to promoting equality.  That was what enabled us to produce our first book, and it came out of a conversation between everyone involved.

Now the campaigning element, including funding for Sport Allies, is at the core of the project and every participant understands how and why we include frontal nudity in our content.
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melblad
interesting to see the evolution of frontal nudity across the team - i would love to hear more about how the discussion evolved - also in terms of how the guys feel about a lasting image of them in later years & how its impacted their lives outside rowing -also the obvious question - does size matter & also any embarrising events.... where something may rise to the occasion
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NottsWill
I'd just like to say that the lads are very brave in what they do, but they do it for such a good cause which I'm sure makes it all worthwhile.

I'd like to digress a little with my next question. In the past 2-3 years some rowers have taken the plunge and been a part of the calendar. But a handful of rowers have stopped sometimes at just one calendar.
I'm just wondering if there's any particular reason behind it?
To give an example Jack H appeared in the 2017 calendar. He was favourite that year but I was disappointed he didn't return in 2018 or 2019.
I don't want to single Jack's reasoning out specifically but is there a reason why some rowers only do one calendar and don't return?

Many thanks.
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Jean
I was watching carefully the first films (after the blurred WR12) from the beginning to the end. They didn’t show much. And the more the film progressed, the more I had palpitations! I was titillated. It was funny. I loved it. I viewed again and again these films. Then I had to wait for bonus films to see more of the rowers. And there was the apotheosis! What beautiful moments I spent with the rowers.
In recent years, after the opening speach of the photographer, the guys undress and we see immediatly all of their glory. Unfortunately, after a few minutes, the tension falls. And then everything just becomes repetitive. Beautiful scenery… Beautiful poses…  Great work of the photographer...  But after one viewing, I put the movies on my hard drive and do not look at them anymore...  

But I still encourage the rowers and their cause, and I can’t wait to see the WR19 films, at least for the first 5-10 minutes. ;-)

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Angus_wr
NottsWill wrote:
I'd just like to say that the lads are very brave in what they do, but they do it for such a good cause which I'm sure makes it all worthwhile.

I'd like to digress a little with my next question. In the past 2-3 years some rowers have taken the plunge and been a part of the calendar. But a handful of rowers have stopped sometimes at just one calendar.
I'm just wondering if there's any particular reason behind it?
To give an example Jack H appeared in the 2017 calendar. He was favourite that year but I was disappointed he didn't return in 2018 or 2019.
I don't want to single Jack's reasoning out specifically but is there a reason why some rowers only do one calendar and don't return?

Many thanks.


It's usually because the rowers have either dropped out of the sport, which many do as it makes such huge demands on their schedule, or they have become so immersed in rowing that they are literally training every day - this can create scheduling problems, as our shoots take place just before the Henley regatta, which is the highlight of the UK rowing season.

But I agree about Jack - he was one of my favourites, too, and I tried very hard to get him to come back!!  He was happy to have done his bit for the project, but had become extremely focused on training.
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Evidential
Most of the lads are showing natural full bush of pubic hair. Is this a stylistic approach to the films (ie wanting male nudity to be as natural as possible, celebrating what it is to be male) or do the guys just like their bush intact?

When I visit nude beaches or changing rooms for sport, I see that most guys of their age heavily trim their pubes or shave them completely.

So ... is it coincidence that the rowers are all keen on keeping their pubes or was it an artistic decision for the films?

Whatever the reason, I’m very pleased as pubic hair is one of the most attractive features - I find - on a naked man.
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Angus_wr
Thanks for your question, Evidential!  We do prefer to feature natural body hair.  This applies particularly to pubic hair which, unlike chest hair for example, is universal to pretty much all adults.  

We want to emphasise the natural beauty of the human body, and the use of nudity as an affirmation of human rights.  Our view is that the culture of shaved pubic regions comes largely from the world of pornography, an aesthetic and a set of values that we reject.
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Evidential
Thanks for the reply, Angus! Nice to know that we are on the same wavelength.
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melblad
t feedback & response - interestingly earlier vidoes seemed to show a more trimmed approach & more shaved chests - great to see men as nauture intended - keep the bush i saw!!
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jmartel8
For me, hair are almost as essential on a men than paint on a painting.
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Evidential
Ditto! 
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Evidential
Shaving / trimming suggests that a man is ashamed of the characteristics that emphasise his masculinity.  Pubic hair is an indicator of being a man, not a boy ... adult males with no pubic hair look strange to me.
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bejjinks
I understand shaving and trimming differently. Most of the rowers shave their chins so would you insist they grow their beards natural? I understand and appreciate that you don't require the boys to shave their pubes but I think it should be the guys choice just like the choice to shave the chin.
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Evidential
It’s an interesting point that you make ... however, a man without a beard still looks like an adult man ... when a man or woman shaves his or her pubic hair they look pre-pubsecent.  It is true that facial hair on a man is a secondary sexual characteristic along with underarm hair, chest hair and pubic hair ... It seems to me that pubic hair distinguishes a man from boys more emphatically than his beard or chest ... but I now wonder whether this is simply a personal preference of mine ... I find pubic hair attractive and don’t think that men without it look like men ...
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