Facebook Accused Of “Borderline Sexism” After Students’ Naked Calendar Banned

The female rowers have received considerable support online.

1. Students have had their attempts to raise money for charity by posing in a naked calendar scuppered after Facebook branded the images as pornography and removed them from the site.

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2. Members of the University of Warwick Rowing Society shed their clothes to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

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3. They managed to sell 1,500 copies of the 2014 calendar and raised over £3,000 for the charity.

4. However, when the rowers tried to promote the calendar on social media, they discovered Facebook would not allow the shots to be hosted on the popular site.

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They were apparently told the nude pictures breached the site’s “nudity and pornography” policy.

5. Sophie Bell (right), who organised the calendar, said: “It is awful for us because we had over 2,000 likes, which provided us with a large platform for reaching out to our target market.”

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“We are students so we don’t have a marketing budget so we do use social media as the main way of marketing it.

“To have this page unfairly taken away is going to affect our sales for the 2015 calendar and decrease the amount we can make for charity.”

6. The 20-year-old added: “It is a charity calendar – how can it be porn? The Facebook account for the male rower’s charity calendar hasn’t been deleted and their page is the same as ours. It is borderline sexism.”

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7. Bell said the rowing club had made repeated attempts to contact Facebook to get the pictures reinstated.

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8. The club has not been put off by the events though, and has already shot a 2015 calendar which will apparently go on sale in October.

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9. And the women are continuing to receive support on other social media sites.

Pornography? We think not, but @facebook do! What do you think? #facebookbannedourpage

— UWBC Girls Calendar (@nakedgirlsrow)

@nakedgirlsrow definitely not pornography; rather, it's beauty in its most natural state!!

— Paul K (@Med255K)

@nakedgirlsrow the only way to row is naked!

— j-c bateman (@jcbat71)

@nakedgirlsrow @facebook "Girls", this is a beautiful, funny and tasteful photograph - to hell with Facebook. Use Twitter!

— Hear The Boat Sing (@boatsing)

@nakedgirlsrow @facebook this definitely isn't pornography. fb is stupid and ignorant

— Trista (@shavesmoothgirl)

@nakedgirlsrow Absurd! Beautiful and fun.

— Scott Shearer (@Scott1946)

@nakedgirlsrow @facebook double standards at their very worst. The money raising these girls do is superb and important to the charities!

— Simon Pilkington (@SimonPilko)

@nakedgirlsrow it's sex discrimination plain and simple

— Nick (@knickerlessnic)

@nakedgirlsrow @BareReality @Scout_Willis @facebook Its typical double standard of FB and others when it comes to women.

— NakedViking (@nakenviking)

I actually think its tastefully artistic what @nakedgirlsrow is doing (+sexy). Wish I looked that fantastic.

— Katrina Jørgensen (@Veribatim)

19. You can order the naked calendars and raise money for charity here.

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