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Sunday, March 27, 2016

Rowing Venuses






Today Triple P watched the University Boat Race, which takes place on the Thames about fifteen miles away.  We have been going, off and on, since about 1980 and seen all sorts of weather from pouring rain to hot sunshine.  Today, in really rough conditions, Oxford's men, having won three times in a row (!) were beaten by a much bigger and more experienced Cambridge crew.  We suppose you have to let Cambridge win once in a while or it would get boring.  






Happily, the Oxford women, in only the second women's boat race to take place over the same route as the men, destroyed Cambridge, who very nearly sank, as they were shipping so much water on a very windy Tideway.  While we hate to give Cambridge credit for anything, in fact their ladies, when offered the option of pulling out, battled on to the finish line despite the drag of gallons of water inside the boat.






Agent Triple P has some experience with lady rowers and, indeed, some fiery lady coxes from his days at college.  Of all University sports rowing is one which really demands dedication and when studying as well the top flight ones hardly have any life and, as Triple P found, if you do get any time with them they tend to fall asleep a lot!






Still, we enjoyed the very firm thighs of the lady rowers we interacted with although at least one girl we knew gave it up as her legs were getting too big, according to her.  This we absolutely don't mind and anyway, when they stop rowing, their legs soon slim down again; it takes lots of work to keep them sculpted.






In 2012 we saw a lot more of lady rowers when the girls of Warwick University, which ranks well inside the top ten universities in Britain, decided to follow the example of the men's club, who had been publishing a nude calendar for four years and launch a charity nude calendar to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.






Just like the men, they started a Facebook Page so as to publicise the calendar to help them raise as much money as possible.  However, Facebook closed their page down saying that it featured inappropriate content and contained "explicitly sexual content".  Fortunately, the ladies were made of strong stuff and wouldn't accept this ludicrously puritanical ruling eventually persuading Facebook to reinstate it.






Needless to say, they were then also attacked by hard line feminists, despite the fact that no one was exploiting them.  Perhaps they were jealous of their physiques.  As one team member said “The photographs we feel are an accurate representation of an athletic female body, something to be celebrated and not shunned."   Exactly so!









The pictures were all taken at Barford, on the River Avon, where the team have their boathouse and a more bucolic spot to frolic as nature intended you cannot imagine. Different numbers of girls, aged 18 to 21, participated every year and while some were nervous at first, their joy at participating is palpable.




Despite the initial controversy, the team released their fourth calendar for 2016 and in 2015 launched a range of limited edition posters using some of the images.






These girls aren't models; they are ordinary students but their body confidence makes them very attractive and not in the sort of salacious way that Facebook accused them of.  That said, some of them are very attractive indeed by any standards.






The first calendar raised £600 but soon each edition was raising over £3.000, with orders coming from all over the world.  You can buy the 2016 edition (at a discount at present) plus other pictures to help the girls and Macmillan here.  Well done ladies for showing that there is nothing wrong or sordid about a healthy body.  We wish a few more of your lardy contemporaries showed such discipline.

3 comments:

  1. Gorgeous pictures. And all I can do is shake my head at the censorship by Facebook. So typical!

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  2. Lovely! Delicious looking Warwick bottoms and real womanly shapes ...mmmmmm

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  3. I have a daughter who will be coxing for UCLA this fall and trust the Bruins will have more to their unis than Warwick; btw, your description of coxes is, unfortunately for me, so true!!
    They're lovely gals, but their calendar begs the question-A US university would be deep-fried over providing facilities/boats/their name/models/etc. to a calendar such as this- What has been the reaction to Warwick?

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