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British Rowing Team Poses Naked to Help Fight Homophobia

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(WARNING: This post is potentially NSFW due to nudity. Glorious, glorious nudity.)

There is no guilt in this pleasure: The University of Warwick Rowing Club has stripped down for the fifth year in a row for a nude calendar, with proceeds helping to fight homophobia.

The University of Warwick Boat Club was founded in 1966 and is "on the verge of top tier status in British rowing." The Warwick Rowing Calendar was founded in 2009 and features top tier nudes of British rowers.

And the 2014 edition is "bigger, better and even more daring than before!" Translation: More naked butt!

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Warwick Rowers Angus Malcolm/Warwick Rowing

The best part is that all this nudity is for a good cause: Part of the proceeds go to Sports Allies, a program created by Warwick Rowing and Educational Action Challenging Homophobia (EACH), that's "dedicated to challenging homophobia among young people." 

So you don't have to feel bad about any good feelings you get when you look at these pictures! They're good feelings for charity! You don't have to be ashamed about being charitable!

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Warwick Rowers Angus Malcolm/Warwick Rowing

"The rowers are predominantly straight men who have welcomed and embraced the fantastic support they have had from the gay community for their fundraising efforts," Warwick explains. "Sport Allies is their way of honoring that support and giving something back."

The organization will allow the rowers to speak at schools, as well as create web videos that "will be designed to encourage young people...who are being bullied or in a crisis about their sexual identity to call a national helpline." 

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Warwick Rowers Angus Malcolm/Warwick Rowing

The Warwick rowers started the calendar back in 2009 and only sold them on campus. Now, they've gone international: "Last year's calendar sold out in days following unprecedented demand from over forty countries," a press release explains.

"It's our fifth calendar, and most people say it's our best yet," they tease about the calendar, which features photos shot by photographer Angus Malcolm. "We'll let you be the judge! (But we're quietly confident you're going to love it.)"

Also, there's video. Because sometimes life is good and gives you video of rowers who are just trying to do some good in the world. Just trying to be naked and do some good. Watch now:

Afterwards, take a second to order your own copy of the calendar. Then start watching again.

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