October 23, 2008


CH Live@5:30 Thursday

It's awesome when young athletes doff their uniforms to pose for nekkid calendars. Right?

Uhm, no, I don't think so. Wrong message, bad example.

6 Comments:

Anonymous buzzwhack said...

The Spartans did it. OK, not for calendars but they compete in the nude. You gotta love palm trees...

October 23, 2008 5:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whatever, then don't buy the calendar.

October 23, 2008 5:39 PM  
Blogger OmemeeOzzie said...

Can't find the video for this spot... may I then assume you are referring to the Canadian Women's rugby team?

Here's a link to yesterdays Peterborough Examiner with their "take" on the story... http://www.thepeterboroughexaminer.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1256412

The initative was led by Barbara Mervin, a local (Peterborough) woman who seems to make the Canadian flag the latest thing in designer wear.

Regardless, I'm betting that they may well raise more than funds with this marketing attempt.

Approve? No, not so much. Other fund raising efforts by other groups have been very much tonge in cheek -- wanna see a "tasteful" shot of Peterborough's ex-mayor, a woman of quite ample proportions, Sylvia Sutherland? No, not my cup of tea either.

These women however, as attractive as I may find some of them, are being deliberately provacative with this effort. OK, so not quite as bad as a buffed and oiled male firefighter man handling a hose, but...

I think I can hear the muffled sounds of Betty Friedan rolling over in her grave.

October 23, 2008 11:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lorraine: Have to agree with your comments on the show. Women have fought for years over this issue. Not that long ago this calendar would be considered sexist, exploiting the female body, and now it is ok? It is one or the other ladies. Can't have it both ways. Seems to change to fit the occasion. For some it's ok, and others, not! There will be some women advocates fuming over this calendar.

R...

October 24, 2008 8:30 AM  
Blogger Nursedude said...

C'mon give me a break. Where's all the cries over sexploitation when the firemen do their calendar? Our local Humane Society did a great calendar to raise funds for the local shelter and it was very tasteful. I don't see where it's our place to condemn people who are comfortable with their body image. Don't like it? Don't buy.

October 24, 2008 9:45 PM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

Nope. There are times when 'don't like it, don't buy it' apply, but not this time. Sometimes we have to step up and realize where the impact is going to land, and when it's kids, I take exception.

A reader wrote to CH and to me, and her words sum it up for me. It's my last word on the subject in this forum - people are going to think what they want - but I hope naysayers will at least consider them:

"Despite its artistic value and good intentions, in an era where attempts to sexualize women
are made at every turn, such a product simply sends out the wrong message.

I have three hockey-playing nieces under the age of 15. I have no doubt that, subliminally, at such an impressionable age,
they would view a calendar of this type as yet another reminder that "yes, by all means, go out there and play with/like the boys - but remember that you also have to be pretty and sexy cause that's the ultimate objective"

Very sad"

October 25, 2008 1:24 PM  

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