Athletes bare it all in cheeky nude calendar to tackle toxic masculinity in sports

A group of athletes have stripped off in a series of very daring images for a charity calendar that promotes ‘healthier masculinity’ in sports. 

Sportsmen from around the world have bared it all for Worldwide Roar 2021, a calendar that invites men to make a ‘simple yet meaningful commitment to change by playing sport together naked in front of the world’.

The participants are seen posing on the tennis court, mountain biking and horse riding, with careful poses and cleverly-placed accessories protecting their modesty.  

Athletes are stripping off to challenge toxic masculinity in this year's 12th edition of the Warwick Rowers charity nude calendar

Athletes are stripping off to challenge toxic masculinity in this year’s 12th edition of the Warwick Rowers charity nude calendar

The participants showcases the athletes in the buff taking on several activities, such as horse riding (pictured)

The participants showcases the athletes in the buff taking on several activities, such as horse riding (pictured)

While the calendar shows men letting it all hang out together in the nude, it also includes solo pictures, like this one of a model taking a break from cycling

While the calendar shows men letting it all hang out together in the nude, it also includes solo pictures, like this one of a model taking a break from cycling 

Warwick Rowers want to challenge our preconceived idea of masculinity as well as promoting allyship amongst men

Warwick Rowers want to challenge our preconceived idea of masculinity as well as promoting allyship amongst men 

One of the athletes practices his serve while wearing sneakers, socks, a hat and nothing else in the calendar

One of the athletes practices his serve while wearing sneakers, socks, a hat and nothing else in the calendar 

Riding solo! The calendar hopes to challenge the misogynistic idea of 'strong men' and tackle homophobia, sexism and racism as well

Riding solo! The calendar hopes to challenge the misogynistic idea of ‘strong men’ and tackle homophobia, sexism and racism as well 

Hot in oar! An athletes hides his modesty with an oar in the 2020 calendar by Warwick Rowers

Hot in oar! An athletes hides his modesty with an oar in the 2020 calendar by Warwick Rowers 

Sales of the calendar raise funds for Sport Allies, a charity that empowers young people to get the most out of sport and life, regardless of their sexuality, gender identity, race or physical ability. 

Angus Malcom, founder and creative lead behind the calendar, said he wanted the calendar to raise the question: ‘how do we look at men?’ 

Angus talked about what motivated him to make the calendar in more detail. 

‘We’re all still living with the rules and repercussions of male privilege – what academics call hegemonic masculinity,’ he said. 

‘If you’re born straight, white, male and socially privileged, you still have a massive head start in life. Any other group that tries to get a seat at the table is accused of misguided ‘identity politics’, which makes no sense.

The calendar aims to send a message of unity and support among men by featuring the athletes doing several activities with others, like cycling

The calendar aims to send a message of unity and support among men by featuring the athletes doing several activities with others, like cycling 

Showing their cheeky side. In previous years, the calendar has focusing on tackling homophobia within the world of sports

Showing their cheeky side. In previous years, the calendar has focusing on tackling homophobia within the world of sports

He went on to say that ‘so-called strong men still divide and rule through misogyny and structural racism, as well as homophobia.

‘But there’s hope. Look at how collaboration led to a vaccine for Covid-19. We can bring that same spirit of allyship to tackling the global pandemic of toxic masculinity.’

He wanted the calendar to convey a message of support between men.  

In previous years, the calendar has focused on challenging homophobia in sporting culture by inviting mainly heterosexual sportsmen to strip off as a gesture of solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community.

Relaxing in the nude. The calendar is opened to anyone who identifies as males, regardless of the sex they were born with, their ethnicity of sexual preferences

Relaxing in the nude. The calendar is

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