OK, personally, I'm all for two semi-nude (or totally nude) women posing together. (And they don't even have to be "posing"! That's not a requirement for me to be OK with it. Hell, they don't even have to be in the same room for it to be OK with me. Unclothed women are very, very good.) But the photo above just doesn't have that "semi-erotic" feel (pun definitely intended) that I think the women were going/hoping for. The woman clutching the umbrella looks painfully surprised and a little bit afraid. And that tie-dyed parasol isn't exactly conveying the "free love" feeling. Not with that one woman looking as if she is trying to convey the message, "I've been abducted. Please send help."
Yeah, I don't know if this whole things was such a good idea in this situation. Apparently, the women got the idea from a similar venture by a group of women in England who were in their mid-50s to their early 70s. They did the "discreet nude" calendar bit of with photos of themselves in order to raise money for research for cancer (a noble cause). Theose were the women who were the inspiration for the movie "Calendar Girls". They were also the women who raised $2.55 million dollars after they sold over 800,000 calendars and got a movie and got a book deal. I guess that's what these ladies thought would happen. They might not have actually seen the other women's calendars, though. Maybe that's why they thought they could pull it off. Here are some of the English women (fully clothed. And not in fox pelts, either.):
Yeah, those two pictures seem awfully different to me. Both in theory and content. But don't worry. Thanks to some recent publicity about this poorly thought out, but very well intentioned venture (through the printer who let everyone know that the ladies were behind on their payments), people are stepping forward and buying calendars once again. (It's a Christmas calendar miracle!) I have the feeling that this is going to turn out just fine. The printer will get paid, the kids will have more room in their school and the women above will be able to put on some real clothes. Yep, that sounds like the optimal solution for everyone involved. Or wearing tinsel.