It is both funny and interesting some of the subjects one comes across when perusing the internet. For instance, I read where feminists are denouncing female students for posing naked in charity Christmas calendars. Didn't these same feminists used to remove their bras, burn them in a campfire, while prancing around crying out for feminism? (Image: Warwick University's female rowing team pose naked for a charity Christmas calendar. Photo: WARWICK UNIVERSITY)
The author writes:
The naked calendar filled with amateurs trying raise a smile and some dosh for a good cause is nothing new – and experienced its greatest boost when the story of the Calendar Girls came to light in 2003.
Now nobody would have dared come out and criticise those good ladies of Yorkshire, trying to raise money for Leukaemia Research, under the auspices of the Women’s Institute, by calling them “victims in the liberation game”. Nor would anyone have said that these lovely ladies and their carefully placed baked goods were helping to ensure women are “perpetually viewed as sex objects” forevermore. (image: the original Calendar Girls)
And yet, that exact criticism has just been levelled at Warwick University’s women’s rowing team for having got their kit off for a charity Christmas calendar by a fellow female student blogging for the Huffington Post. [snip]
In brief, (please excuse the pun) the 15 members of the women’s team have posed naked for a charity calendar to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support (a charity chosen as one of the team’s mothers is suffering from the illness). And since the offending calendar went on sale online, they have received criticism across the web about being traitors to the feminist cause.
However, the boy’s rowing team at the same university have produced naked calendars for the past four years (with a beautifully named behind-the-scenes video called Brokeback Boatroom) with little furore. (continue reading at The Telegraph)
I liked the original Calendar Girls. I doubt they had ever seen the inside of a plastic surgeon's office, ever endured having Botox injections, and probably never thought about spinning or yoga.
I'm sure they never had their own stem cells injected into their faces. In another
article at The Telegraph, the author suggests that women need to master the art of growing old gracefully. I think she is right. Do you see any older, mature, women in movies any more? No. You see older women who have sought every way possible not to look their own age. The mother, grandmother, and daughter in some movies all seem to look about the same age. Ridiculous. (image Jocelyn Wildenstein)
Most of these procedures can be dangerous, as the author here points out:
The woman – who is in her late sixties and lives in Los Angeles, naturally – paid $20,000 for the cutting-edge facelift. And all was well until she realised that every time she attempted to open her right eye, it made little clicking noises, which according to Scientific American magazine sounded like “a tiny castanet snapping shut”. Arriba!
When her plastic surgeon went to investigate, he found teensy-weensy chunks of bone, which he dug out in a six-and-a-half-hour operation. Turns out that the cells injected into her face to “rejuvenate tissue growth” had the potential to rejuvenate themselves into bone. Who knew?
Activist Aliaa Al Mahdy appears nude protesting outside the Egyptian embassy with anti-Islamic slogans. Egyptian activist Aliaa Al Mahdy and members from Femen demonstrate against the Egyptian constitution outside the Egyptian embassy in Stockholm on Thursday.
Slogans painted on their bodies read “Apocalypse by Mursi”, “Sharia is not constitution” and “Yes secularism”.
At least three AIDS activists were arrested on Tuesday after they and other naked demonstrators briefly took over House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) to protest budget cuts to health care services.
Activists from ACT UP, New York ACT UP, Philadelphia ACT UP, Housing Works and the Student Global AIDS Campaign stripped down in the lobby of the Speakers office and began chanting to send Congress a message ahead of World AIDS Day on December 1.