Each month has a picture of the team members topless (but with breasts discretely covered), mostly on the field with black shorts or underpants on. I don't know anything about rugby, so I don't understand a lot of the captions, but I definitely get the images! And I absolutely love their statement on the back of the calendar! Here are a few excerpts from it:
"Saturday's a Rugby Day" is a glimpse into women's rugby, as played by the Oberlin Rhinos, a self-coached collegiate club team that has grown in size and skill over the years... [In the calendar] we parody traditional beauty stereotypes by posing topless, juxtaposing the concept of the seductive and submissive pinup with images of powerful, strong female athletes, challenging mainstream depictions of gender and sexuality....
"With this calendar, we're celebrating the beauty of women's rugby, not only of our individual bodies, but also the coming together of these bodies to form a fierce, cohesive team.... The game is a testament to our relationships with each other and to the collective strength of our team, as well as our challenge to a patriarchal society that views women as weak and passive.
"We recognize differing perceptions of this work and invite you, the viewer, to think critically about the images and goals we are presenting. We hope to provoke dialogue about feminism, gender expectations, and sexuality in the Oberlin community and beyond, by challenging stereotypical depictions of women in massmedia."
You gotta love it!
Here's the link to the site if you want to buy your own calendar or read a bit more about it: http://oberlinrhinos.blogspot.com/ And here's a link to an article that was in the Oberlin Review in 2006 http://www.oberlin.edu/stupub/ocreview/2005/12/16/news/article4.html if you want to learn even more.
I think these women are really onto something. I love it that they are so self-aware and proud of their dynamite selves!! May we all love our sexy bods so much!